Three men facing drug and robbery charges died after being shot by still unidentified assailants in General Santos City Friday night, police said.

Senior Supt. Froilan Quidilla, General Santos City Police director, identified the three as Edwin Laranio alias “Gorang,” Emmanuel Fajardo alias “Tata Fajardo,” and Ronel Fuentes, all residents of neighboring Alabel, Sarangani.

The shooting occurred past 9 p.m. in Brgy. Baluan.

The three were eating at one of the “balut” stalls along the road when four men on two motorcycles arrived, shot them, and quickly fled, Quidilla said.

“Nagko-coordinate pa kami sa Sarangani provincial police office kasi mga taga-dun ‘yung mga pinatay, right now nag-iimbestiga pa kami,” he said.

Quidilla said investigators are looking at criminal cases where Laranio, Fajardo, and Fuentes were implicated.

Police received information that the three had drug-related cases and were accused of “akyat bahay”-robbery in Alabel, he said. (John Roson)

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