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Tiempo muerto murder: Police asset falls in public and brutal slay before coffeetime

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Jose Allan Braza was supposed to have coffee early in the morning today, 8 June 2022.

Photo by Joseph De Los Santos
Photo by Joseph De Los Santos

He never did.

He was not even able to order one from the roadside coffee shop in Malipayon (cheerful in Hiligaynon), a crowded community in Village 35 located in the center of this highly-urbanized capital.

“He was shot as soon as he arrived,” Ramel Sarona told DNX citing the testimonies of villagers who witnessed the public killing.

Photo by Joseph De Los Santos
Photo by Joseph De Los Santos

Other residents, who have already started to go about their daily chores in the community, also said the killers came very early.

And waited.

“They were already waiting two hours before the victim arrived,” Sarona, a police major who heads Police Station 1 that has jurisdiction over the crime, added.

Photo by Joseph De Los Santos
Photo by Joseph De Los Santos

It did not take long for Braza, 59, to become the latest cold statistic for murders here.

As soon as he arrived, the two killers pumped lead into him, hitting him on the head.

First responders found him sprawled on the road, near the Village 35 tanod (watchmen) outpost.

Photo by Joseph De Los Santos
Photo by Joseph De Los Santos

He was later declared dead.

The first day probe showed Braza was hit twice, all in the head by .45 caliber bullets from pistols used by the assassins.

Sarona said the suspects glanced repeatedly at their phones before moving in to kill Braza.

“They made sure it was him,” he said.

By noontime today, Sarona said they have already confirmed Braza was an informant of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, a police arm mainly against organized crime.

What they cannot confirm yet as this story goes to print is if Braza’s child, aged four, had witnessed his father’s killing.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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