Elder brother of former councilor killed in morning drive-by

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By Julius D. Mariveles and Richard D. Meriveles

BACOLOD CITY – Two unidentified killers shot and killed the elder brother of a former city councilor who himself survived a slay try almost exactly a year ago.

A  police line is set up at the crime scene where a man was killed in  Hervias, Villamonte, Bacolod City. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
A police line is set up at the crime scene where a man was killed in Hervias, Villamonte, Bacolod City. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

Police Master Sgt. Gegger Sebuan identified the victim as Robert Lo Tan, 70, who was driving a grey Nissan Sentra sedan when one of two men backriding on a motorcycle shot at him several times.

Local police spokesman, Lt. Col. Ariel Pico said the victim was cruising west along CL Montelibano Avenue inside Greensville 1 subdivision in Estefania village when the two assassins overtook him and shot at his car six times.

The crime scene in Hervias, Villamonte, Bacolod City. Local police  spokesman, Lt. Col. Ariel Pico says probers are still confirming if the  man who was killed in a daylight ambush this morning in Homesite,  Villamonte village is the brother of a former city official who has gone  into self-exile.  | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
The crime scene in Hervias, Villamonte, Bacolod City. Local police spokesman, Lt. Col. Ariel Pico says probers are still confirming if the man who was killed in a daylight ambush this morning in Homesite, Villamonte village is the brother of a former city official who has gone into self-exile. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

Six bullets entered the driver side window although police have yet to know how many hit the victim.

Bullet  holes on the driver's side of the Nissan Sentra sedan of a man who was  killed in Hervias, Villamonte, Bacolod City, Sunday morning, 15 December 2019. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles
Bullet holes on the driver’s side of the Nissan Sentra sedan of a man who was killed in Hervias, Villamonte, Bacolod City, Sunday morning, 15 December 2019. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

On December 14, 2018, almost a year ago, his younger brother, Ricardo, was ambushed in the mountain village of Alangilan here as he was going home from Campuestohan in Talisay City, the mountain resort he owns.

A  spent shell from an unknown caliber left at the scene of a murder in  Hervias, Villamonte village, Bacolod City. | Photo by Richard D.  Meriveles
A spent shell from an unknown caliber left at the scene of a murder in Hervias, Villamonte village, Bacolod City. | Photo by Richard D. Meriveles

Tan had been on leave from his work since after the ambush and went on a 30-day after President Duterte linked him to illegal drug operations.

Ricardo is known by his nickname Cano while Robert is known as Kaishek.

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