ORMOC CITY-A live-in couple said to be engaged in the illegal drug trade were shot dead in Hilongos, Leyte on August 10.

Police identified the fatalities as Marciano Villas III and his common-law wife Jennifer Umlang, both residents of Poblacion, Hindang, also in Leyte.

Based on the police investigation, the couple was on board a motorcycle traversing along Barangay Santa Cruz, Hilongos at about 8:50 pm.

Town police chief, Major Ambrosio Demain disclosed that Villas III was arrested in a buy-bust operation on August 18, 2018, while Umlang in a separate sting operation on January 14,2019.

The two were released last year.

SOCO personnel that processed the crime scene recovered about five pieces of empty shells of .9mm caliber and eight pieces of .45 caliber pistol empty shells and one .38 revolver in the possession of Villas III.

A thorough investigation is being conducted by the local police about the motive and identity of the suspects in the killing. (ROBERT DEJON)