In third murder of Punjabi businessman from Moga district in the Philippines during the past 15 days, a 30-year-old youth was shot near Manila city on Saturday.
The victim, Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Gholia Kalan village under Baghapurana sub-division, 31 km from Moga, was running a finance company in Manila for the past three years.
Ten days ago, financier Gurprem Singh, a resident of Smalsar village, and Gurjant Singh, a resident of Kokri Butran village in the district, were shot dead in the Philippines by some unidentified people.
In a spate of killings, several men from the district, mostly financiers, have been murdered in the Philippines in the past one year. The victims include Harveer Singh (29), a resident of Raunta village; Baljeet Singh (32) of Kokri Kalan village, Gurdial Singh (46) of Dosanjh village, brothers Gurmeet Singh (28) and Veer Singh (24) of Bhinder Kalan village and Balwinder Singh (23) of Manuke Gill village.
A pal of gloom descended on the village on Saturday after Ramandeep's friends Gurmeet Singh and Lal Singh, who have been staying in the Philippines for the past 10 years, conveyed the tragic news to his parents.
According to the family, Ramandeep was shot outside Manila city by some assailants, who had their faces covered, while he was travelling on a highway on a motorcycle. Ramandeep was returning to his company office after collecting weekly installments when the incident took place, they added.
The victim's elder brother Santhok Singh Soni said, "When Ramandeep went to Manila on a work-permit visa, we thought that all our financial problems would come to an end as my hard-working brother would be a success story in the foreign land. But fate willed otherwise."
Ramandeep had gone to the Philippines four years ago for making a career in the finance sector, said Sher Singh, a panchayat member of Gholia Kalan.
"We would try to bring back his body as soon as possible and would also approach to union minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur in this regard," he added.