Lawyer facing drugs charges shot dead

DUMAGUETE CITY—A lawyer who is facing drugs charges was shot and killed on Friday morning by assailant riding in tandem on a motorcycle in Laguna, Looc, in this city.

Supt. Jovito Atanacio, acting chief of police of Dumaguete, identified the victim as Rex Agan Perewperew, 38, of Santa Monica Road, Banilad, Dumagute City.

He was shot three times in the back. He was onboard a tricycle, with body number 1699, driven by Eusebio Ceriales, when the incident happened at about 10:30 a.m.

Initial police investigation show the suspects overtook the tricycle on the right side of the road and again shot the victim, nearly hitting the driver.

The driver said Perewperew flagged him down a few meters away from the main entrance of Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC) and asked to be taken to the Ang Barko, a pension house in Barangay Looc.

After a few minutes, the assailants rode up to the tricycle and shot the victim in the back.

The driver said he did not clearly see the face of the triggerman, because the shooting happened so fast and he made a U-turn and took the victim to the nearby  SUMC, where Perewperew was declared dead on arrival.

Aside from his profession as a lawyer, police investigators are also looking into the alleged involvement of the victim in illegal-drugs activity.

Perewperew was arrested and detained for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and granted bail two to three years ago after being detained for more than one year.

Lawyer Joel Obar  said Perewperew was his student at the College of Law of Foundation University when he was still the dean.

Perewperew took the bar examinations twice and was soon reported to be allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, acting Negros Oriental police commander, said he had directed the Dumaguete police chief to conduct an in-depth investigation into the death of Perewperew.

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