The Philippines: Lawyer, aide shot dead after dawn Mass in Isabela

December 20, 2016

A gun enthusiast fires his Kimber 1911 pistol at the LAX Firing Range in Inglewood, California on September 7, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN

A 38-year-old lawyer and his security aide were shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 20) after they attended dawn Mass.

Arlan Castañeda, a former councilor, and Melito Binag, his 51-year-old security aide, were about to leave the local church when attacked, according to Senior Supt. Leon Rafael, Isabela police director. Three empty shells fired from a 9-mm pistol were found at the crime scene.

The former councilor died on the way to a hospital in Tuguegarao City. Binag died on the spot.

Castañeda widow, Joana, is a town councilor. She has not released any statement.


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