BANGAR – A man who recently surrendered to police under “Oplan Tokhang” was shot dead by unknown assailants in La Union province on Tuesday.
Edgardo Apolinar was shot dead in Barangay Agdeppa, Bangar, La Union while awaiting tricycle passengers.
Apolinar surrendered to authorities in August. As far as they know, he did not break any drug-related law since then, said police Senior Inspector Alfredo Padilla Jr., deputy chief of the Bangar Municipal Police Station.
They are now looking at other motives for his killing.
“Tatlo ang anggulong tinitignan natin: iyong pagsasabong niya, iyung kanyang mga utang, at drugs,” Padilla said.
(We are looking at three angles: his participation in cockfighting, his debts, and drugs.)
Barangay Nagsabaran, Bacnotan Councilor Redilyn Apolinar, the victim’s wife, admitted that her husband had debts, but denied his involvement in the illegal drug trade.
“Hanggang P1,000 lang naman po, P500 [ang utang]. Kagawad po ako, alam ko pong hindi niya iyan gagawin. Hindi ko po siya nakikitang gumagamit [ng droga],” she said.
(His debts only amount to P1,000 or P500. I am a councillor, I know that he would not do that. I never saw him doing drugs.)
Recent data from La Union Police Provincial Office showed that to date, there were 19 recorded deaths of drug surrenderers in the province.