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Jail guard in drug watchlist killed in Cagayan


TUGUEGARAO CITY, Pjilippines- A 60-year old prison guard included in the police’s drug watch list was killed in Centro, Peñablanca on Saturday morning, August 5.

Michael Benedict Battung, a jail guard who was working at Cagayan Provincial Jail, was shot several times in front of his house as he stepped out his vehicle, said Peñablanca Police Station’s Senior Inspector Joefferson Gannaban .

Gannaban told the Northern Forum that two unidentified individuals stepped off a white SUV and opened fire at Battung, also hitting him on his chest and head. The suspects quickly left.

Investigators recovered from the crime scene 11 bullet shells fired from a Cal. 45 and a Cal. M-16 rifle, seven of which penetrated Battung.

“Hopefully, we can identify the suspects. We may also request a cartographic sketch of the suspects so that we can cross check them with persons of interests,” Gannaban told Forum.

Battung’s wife reportedly told police that they were receiving text messages the night before accusing the guard and his sons as traffickers of shabu.

Three weeks ago, Peñablanca police caught one of Battung’s sons in a drug bust. Battung’s other son was also caught in a similar operation few months prior. Both are currently detained.

However, Gannaban said they are also looking at other angles such as a heated altercation as possible causes or motives.

Battung’s family has earlier denied their involvement with illegal drugs. Northernforum.net

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