Couple killed by RIT gunmen in Ecija

September 22, 2019

STO. DOMINGO, Nueva Ecija -- A  couple who were  supporters  of former mayor Greg Andres were killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding men  Friday morning.

Police Maj. Abraham Atencio identified the victims as  Herman Moreno, 54, and his wife Imelda, 54, both of Bgy. General Luna.

The  victims were riding a Honda TMX tricycle when upon reaching an irrigation canal, the two suspects on a  motorcycle  appeared and  shot Herman repeatedly.

The wife tried to  escape but  one of the suspects  chased  and shot her successively.

Atencio said the gun attack happened in Purok 7, Bgy. Pulong Buli around 7:35 a.m.

Andres, who was defeated by Imee Llado-De Guzman in in last mayoral elections said the killing was “politically-motivated.”

He said the two victims were on their way to his house when murdered.

“Mga leaders ko po sila on the way na dito sa bahay nang tambangan,” Andres said.

“Isang anggulo po kasi ay pilit na ipinaaatras ‘yung anak nila bilang testigo sa election sabotage na isinampa namin laban sa aking kalaban at sila ay tinatakot,” said Andres in his FB Messenger sent to this reporter.

The former mayor also bewailed the existence of  “political prisoners” here since 11 of his supporters and leaders were   jailed and facing perjury charges before a local court here and other witnesses in the  case are in hiding while his lawyer is working the recall of the arrest warrants issued against them.