A balut vendor recently released from jail over drug charges was shot to death by several gunmen in Quezon City on Monday night (July 20).
The victim was identified as Gilbert Paala, 46.
Witnesses said that Paala was selling balut at his makeshift stall on Mabilis St. in Barangay Piñahan around 8 p.m. when three men aboard a motorcycle peppered him with bullets.
They said they heard at least three gunshots.
“Nagtakbuhan na kami kasi nga lahat nagtatakbuhan na…pagpasok ko [ng bahay], lumabas ulit ako kasi naisip ko yung anak ko (We ran because everyone else was running. When I got home, I went outside again to check on my son who was outside) ,” a female witness said in a GMA News interview, “[Nakita ko], easy-easy lang ‘yung bumaril (I saw the gunman nonchalantly shooting the victim).”
“As in pag [baril] nya, lingon lingon, sabay sibat [After he fired off shots, he just looked around, and left),” she said, adding that she was not able to see the black-clad assailants’ faces as they were wearing masks.
Police are still investigating the incident.