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Published by MAC on 2006-05-16


Name of Victim: JOSE DOTON, 62 years old, male, married and a native of San Nicolas, Pangasinan.

He is the Secretary-General of the Bayan Muna- Pangasinan chapter and at the same time the president of Tignayan dagiti Mannalon A Mangwayawaya Ti Agno (TIMMAWA).

Place of Incident: Anong Road, Barangay Camanggaan, San Nicolas, Pangasinan.

Date of Incident: May 16, 2006

Perpetrators: unidentified assassins believed to be members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Accounts of the incident:

An eyewitness narrates that at around 10:30 to 10:45 in the morning of May 16, 2006; he saw the Doton brothers (Cancio and Jose) on board a motorcycle. He further narrates that he noticed another motorcycle speeding behind the two and suddenly he heard three gun shots. He stayed among the bushes to see clearly what is going on. There he saw a red motorcycle (Yamaha XRM) with no plate number overtaking the motorcycle of the Doton brothers, shooting two more times. When Jose and Cancio have already fallen on the road, one of the men about 20 to 25 years old alighted from the motorcycle and shot Jose's head then speeds away.

Six empty shells and some bullet heads from a .45 caliber pistol were recovered from the crime scene.

According to the daughter of Jose, the latter's pulse was still there when he saw him lying bloody on the road. His legs were under the motorcycle, his head bore one wound under the right ear and his ear pierced. The exit wound was on the head. Lumps of blood were coming out from the wounds on the chest but she could still feel the heart throbbing. She brought Jose and Cancio a.k.a Dado, her father and uncle respectively, to the hospital. However, when they reached the town proper of San Nicolas her father stopped breathing.

Her uncle Cancio sustained two gunshot wounds. One that pierced a part of his lung rendered him struggling to survive at a family clinic in San Nicolas. His other wound could have been due to a bullet that exited Jose's body while he was riding.

Several days before Jose was murdered, people noticed that motorcycle-riding men used to stay at a two-storey house in the middle of the fields, near the road. They seemed to be waiting for someone because they usually arrived very early and stay there up to the late evening. The two storey house is adjacent to the parcel of rice fields tended by Jose.

Also, Jose's wife narrated that before the incident, strange men had been going around the vicinity of their house selling things like pieces of jewelry, or buying scrap materials. She also noticed that there are those offering to reload butane gas for lighters.

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