BARCELONA, Sorsogon, June 16, 2015 -– The wife of the slain hog breeder in Barcelona, Sorsogon called for justice for the killing of her husband and assistance for the education of their children.
According to Arlyne G. Estrabela, her husband, Salvador Estrabela, in his fifties, asked her to rush him to the nearest hospital on Feb. 11, after an unidentified gunman sustaining shot him the chest at around 8:30 p.m. in what she believes to be a case of mistaken identity.
While still alive, Salvador revealed that during a drinking spree with two friends in his home in barangay Tagdon, one of the perpetrators approached him and held him by the shoulder after several shots, Arlyne said.
“Si Salvador Estrabela ako,” Arlyne quoted her husband as saying. “Wala akong atraso sa inyo.” (I am Salvador Estrabela. I did you no wrong.)
Upon hearing it, the gunman suddenly let go of Salvador’s shoulder and fled with his companion on a motorcycle, Arlyne said.
A local who refused to be named also said the gunmen confused Salvador for someone else.
The gunman, who approached the victim to confirm who he was, was supposed to fire another bullet to ensure immediate death, the local said.
Samuel Gacosta was also fired at when he tried to pursue the gunmen. He sustained minor injuries.
Recovered at the scene were 6 empty shells, 5 live ammunitions, a magazine from .45 caliber pistol, and a pair of sunglasses.
Salvador went through intensive care in a Sorsogon hospital, but passed away after several days.
The victim left six children behind whom he sustained mainly by raising un-castrated male pigs that provide sperm to gilts and sows in Barcelona and nearby towns. Three are in college. (Oliver Samson/CBCPNews)