Formal murder charges will be filed today (May 28, 2024) against two suspects who murdered a businesswoman
Monday morning in Bangued, Abra’s capital town. Catherine Andallo Aguilar, 38, a hog raiser, from Barangay
Quilliat Langiden town was reportedly sitting on her motorcycle parked in front of West Central School in Barangay Zone 3, Bangued when the two motorcycle-riding suspects shot her twice in the head. Aguilar was rushed by responding Bangued policemen to the Abra Provincial Hospital but she was declared dead on arrival.

She sustained two fatal gunshot wounds on the head. Crime scene investigators recovered two fired cartridges for caliber .45. and a deformed slug. According to Bangued Police Chief Major, Major Paul Claveria, the suspected
gunman— Joemar Britanico Bayle was arrested at a checkpoint pitched by Tayum town policemen in Barangay
Patucannay, Tayum, and seized a cal. 45 pistol with a magazine loaded with five bullets and other personal belongings.

Operatives of the Bangued police were able to corner the driver of the motorcycle Dennis Viado Britanico, 21, from Quilliat Langiden, Abra at Barangay Lingtan, Bangued. Claveria said the motive behind the shooting is yet to be established because both the suspects and the kin of the murdered businesswoman refused to talk.

Artemio A. Dumlao/Edited by Rojanah Riel Lyka Cabeza/UC-Intern/ABN

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