Canadian man murdered in the Philippines, wife injured in attack
Police chief in Batangas City says shooting could have been a contract killing over a property dispute
Eric Rankin · CBC · Posted: Jul 14, 2018 4:24 AM PT | Last Updated: July 14
A Canadian man living in the Philippines has been murdered on the eve of his planned relocation to B.C., over what police say appears to have been a property dispute.
CBC News has confirmed that Barry Gammon, 66, formerly of Montreal, was gunned down outside his home near Batangas City, southwest of Manila, on June 24.
Local police say his widow, Luzviminda Gammon, a Philippine national, was injured when she tried to fight off the shooter — one of two men who stormed their property. Their nine-year-old son hid inside the home and was uninjured.
Police say the murder may have been a targeted hit — and they believe they know who was responsible.
"The suspect might have been commissioned … as someone to kill for a contract that had been made on Barry Gammon," said Supt. Sancho Celedio, Batangas City chief of police.
Reached by phone by the CBC, Celedio said, "Apparently Barry Gammon had altercations with certain personalities in his block regarding a possible dispute about right of ways."
He said a suspect with a criminal record has been identified.
"We've already filed charges against the suspect. And we're now waiting for the warrant of the arrest to be issued," Celedio said.
"Until [then], we would rather that we are silent about [his] identity, so that precludes any attempt for him to go out of the area, or it will be a challenge for us."
Batangas police say around 7 p.m. on the evening of the attack, two men rode up to the gate of the Gammon home on a motorbike.
Barry Gammon went to investigate, and one man pulled a gun and opened fire.
As Gammon staggered back into his yard, the gunman followed and continued to shoot.
According to Philippine media reports, Gammon was struck multiple times and was rushed to a local hospital, but was dead upon arrival.