Damaso Amante

Police said they recovered at least 50 empty shells from various high-powered guns in the scene. A gate of one of the houses in the area had several bullet holes.

Damaso, a brother of former San Pablo City Mayor Vicente Amante, was attacked along the national highway.

Supt. Ronan Claravall, city police chief, said the assailants used three vehicles in what he described as a “well-orchestrated, well-planned” attack.

Security cameras in the vicinity showed that Damaso was alone driving his Toyota Innova when his path was cut by another Innova. “One of the gunmen got off and fired several shots at the driver’s seat [of Damaso’s vehicle]. When he observed that [Damaso] was down, another stood by the passenger’s side and fired another round of shots.”

Police said they recovered at least 50 empty shells from various high-powered guns in the scene. A gate of one of the houses in the area had several bullet holes.

In an earlier interview with the Inquirer, Vicente, who retired from local politics in 2013, said Damaso used to be an illegal drug pusher, but had stopped his illegal activities 10 years ago.

Amante was earlier included in Duterte’s “narco-list”, which was made public last August.

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