AG&P manager killed in Batangas

By Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog

Posted at Mar 26 2014 01:55 PM | Updated as of Mar 26 2014 09:55 PM

BATANGAS – A 58-year-old manager of assembly plant Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company (AG&P) was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Bauan town Tuesday morning, police said.

Bauan Police Chief Inspector Telesforo Domingo III identified the victim as Epher Victorio, resident of Barangay San Roque, Bauan town and a general services manager of AG&P.

Police said Victorio was on his way to work on board his van when he was waylaid by the gunmen along the national highway in Barangay San Roque around 1:50 p.m.

The victim was rushed to Bauan Doctors Hospital for treatment but later died due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Recovered from the crime scene were six pieces of spent shells from a .45-caliber pistol.

An hour after the incident, police in the neighboring town of Mabini were able to intercept two motorcycle-riding men identified as Armando Libres Jr., 39, a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Philippine Army), and Gerry Topangil, 48. Both are residents of Barangay Baguilawa, Bauan.

Libres and Topangil were arrested in the dragnet operation after they were caught in possession of a .45-caliber pistol and 9 live ammunition. Their motorcycle also had an expired registration.

The Bauan police are now conducting ballistic cross-matching test on the firearm recovered from Libres against the spent shells recovered from the crime scene.

The suspects are now detained in Bauan police station pending the results of the investigation.

Police have yet to determine the motive of the killing of Victorio.