The Philippine Star

3 alleged hired killers shot dead

- – Emmanuel Tupas, Marc Jayson Cayabyab

Three suspected members of a gun- for- hire group were killed in what police said was a shootout in Caloocan City before dawn yesterday.

Jojo Castro, Rommy Mallari and Escott Roque allegedly fired at Highway Patrol Group (HPG) personnel along Quirino Avenue at around 1:45 a.m.

HPG director Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum said police officers pulled over the suspects who were in a Mazda 3 sedan.

When asked for the car’s registrati­on papers, Tagum said the suspects drew their guns and sped off.

Police said the suspects were cornered after a brief chase. Instead of surrenderi­ng, they allegedly fired at policemen who retaliated.

Investigat­ion showed that the car was stolen in 2015. Three different license plates and assorted firearms were recovered by police.

Tagum said a fourth suspect, the vehicle’s driver, escaped and is now the subject of a manhunt.

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