Three men suspected of being involved in activities related to illegal drugs were found dead inside a tricycle in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Friday night, after being shot by still unidentified assailants, police said.

The fatalities have already been identified as driver Napoleon Paraan, 45, of Mangaldan; Reynaldo Martinez, 47, and Mamerto Penuliar Jr., 49, both of Sta. Barbara, Senior Insp. Ryan Manongdo, Pangasinan provincial police spokesman, said.

The three were found lying lifeless inside a tricycle along the road leading to Sitio Silungan, Brgy. Bonuan Binloc, around 9 p.m.

“Witnesses said they heard several gunshots in the area before they discovered the trio,” Manongdo said.

Responding policemen recovered a sachet of shabu inside the tricycle, he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the assailants’ identities and motive, but are looking at a possibility that the killings are related to illegal drug activities.

Sitio Silungan gained infamy after reports indicated that it is a haven for drug traffickers, Manongdo said.

Friday’s killings came two weeks after five men also suspected of engaging in illegal activities were stabbed and shot dead inside a hut in Bugallon town. (John Roson)

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