PANABO CITY, Philippines – Babito G. Manliguez, A DepEd District Supervisor in Panabo City, Davao Del Norte was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen Thursday afternoon.
The victim is also noted as Senior Pastor of The Harvest Christian Church Community Assembly of God. He was 58-year-old.
Manliguez was driving on his way home along Tadeco Road in Barangay San Francisco when he was waylaid by two assassins at around 1:30 p.m.
He was brought to Rivera Medical Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, Maj. Ernesto Gregore, officer-in-charge of the Panabo City police, said in his report.
“Maraming anggulo ang tinitingnan natin. Una ang sa trabaho baka may nakaaway, personal niya, at pagsali nito sa investment scheme, pero patuloy pa tayong nag-iimbestiga” said Police Lt. Col. Ernesto Gregore.
Five spent shells believed to be from a .45 caliber pistol were recovered from the crime scene.
Motive of the killing is still being investigated and pursuit operations have been launched against the attackers.
Yolanda Castro, a church member can’t believe what happened to their Pastor. He claims that it was a mistaken identity. And Manliguez doesn’t deserve what happened.
“Dapat sinigurado muna kung iyon ba talaga patayin nila, kasi wala talagang atraso ang pastor namin,” said Castro.