He just came from his hearing today in a Mandaue City court for alleged ecstasy peddling.
A few minutes after, Neil Benjamin Eugenio Yap, 34, of Quiot, Pardo, Cebu City was killed inside his Blue Eon Hyundai car (ABN 4011) when a riding in tandem gunman shot him thrice past noon.
“Gikan siya nitambong sa hearing sa iyang kaso (He just came from the hearing of his case), Police Major Aldrin Villacampa, the Mandaue City Police Office Station 1 Chief told Newsph.org.
Citing the accounts of eyewitnesses Villacampa said that the gunman shot Yap when the nearby traffic light in F. Seno Highway in Barangay Guizo was on a stop signal.
The place of incident was infront of the Palawan pawnshot in the area.
After the shooting, the gunman and his motorcycle driver who both wore full faced closed helmets sped off towards the Mandaue flyover.
Three empty shells of caliber .45 pistol were recovered in the crime scene.
Based on the manner of the shooting, the gunman was an expert marksman as not a single bullet missed as Yap was hit in the nape, face and head. All bullets pierced and shattered the window glass on the driver side of the vehicle.
“Pulos gyud igo kay tulo ra man ka shell sa .45 caliber ang among nakuha (It all hit him because we recovered three spent shells of .45 caliber), Villacampa added.
Yap along with a certain Richard Ngo Go were arrested in a buy bust operation inside the R Suites Cafe in A.C. Cortes Street, Barangay Alang-alang, Mandaue last January 12, 2018.
Go allegedly owned the hotel who pinpointed Yap as his alleged supplier.
When Yap arrived, the combined operatives of Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also collared him as he allegedly peddled additional ecstasy to a police poseur-buyer.
Yap is included in the matrix of an alleged ecstasy drug ring that is operating in Metro Cebu.
Last month, a certain Ken Kenneth Rosales, also an alleged ecstasy drug ring leader was also killed after he allegedly shoot it out with the police.
Before the shoot-out with Rosales, his two other cohorts were arrested, Justin Anton Jimenez, 21, of Gil Tudtud St. Mabolo and Lorenz Jasper Yap, 22 of Bayabas Street, Ext., Punta Princesa, both of Cebu City.
PDEA 7 Regional Director Wardley Getalla said that ecstasy use is a favorite among children of affluent families who love to go to parties.
Photos by Allan Defensor