By Martin Sadongdong
The director of a district hospital was gunned down by three unidentified assailants along the national highway in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental early Tuesday, police said.
A report reaching Camp Crame, Quezon City identified the victim as Adelex Amor, director of the Canlaon District Hospital in Canlaon, Negros Oriental, and a resident of Dumaguete City.
Supt. Mario Baquiran, director of Guihulngan City Police Office, said that Amor was onboard his car and traversing the national highway along Sitio Tinangon, Brgy. Basak, Guihulngan City around 8:20 a.m. when the incident happened.
“The victim slowed down and stopped his car due to an ongoing road construction ahead,” Baquiran said.
Baquiran added that Amor took the opportunity to alight from his vehicle to relieve himself by the roadside when he was attacked.
Rosly Tobias Aldojesa, who was Amor’s passenger, said a gunman suddenly approached him and shot him repeatedly at close range until he slumped dead by his car.
The gunman, who was wearing a face mask, then ran towards a motorcycle driven by his two other cohorts and escaped, the report said.
Amor was rushed to Guihulngan District hospital where he was declared dead on-arrival.
Baquiran said a follow up investigation was conducted to identify the suspects and determine the motive behind the grim killing.
One of the motives being eyed behind the shooting incident was personal grudge, but police could not elaborate.
Police also said the gunman was described as a medium-built and standing about 5-foot-6.
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) of the Guihulngan City Police recovered four empty shells from a caliber .45 pistol at the crime scene.