SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – A 30-years-old woman, listed as one of the drug personalities in the province, was gunned down by an unknown assailant while she was walking near a gas station along the national highway in Barangay 3 here Wednesday morning.
Superintendent Bryant Demot, city police station chief, identified the victim as Mary Jane B. Ujano, 30, native of Barangay Bayabas, San Gabriel town.
Demot said that Ujano sustained gunshot wounds on her head from an unknown caliber and was declared dead-on-the-spot by Dr. Godofredo Rilloraza, city health officer.
The victim carried a bag pack that contained several documents such as barangay clearance, police clearance, NBI clearance for work abroad, cellphone, tablet, and several clothes. No illegal drugs were found in her possession including her pocket pants.
Ujano was supposed to have surrendered to authorities recently but it was not clear where and when.
Police investigation showed that the gun-wielder, wearing a mask, approached his victim and shot her several times. He escaped on board a public transport tricycle with a body number 699.
A Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team gave chase but the suspect got off the vehicle and fled in the direction of Catbangen village.
The trike driver is now in the custody of the police.
Ujano was the fifth victim of extra-judicial killings in La Union since the Duterte administration started its relentless campaign against illegal drugs. ERWIN G. BELEO AND JUN ELIAS/ northboundasia.com