Bangued, Abra. Dr. Mario “Ching” Valera and his wife Viana Luz Berreyro-Valera from Bangued, Abra died early this morning in an apparent ambush by a motocycle riding assailant in Bauang, La Union.
According to police investigation, the couple, who were riding in a black Mitsubishi Montero, slowed down momentarily while negotiating a downhill road when the gunman shot them several times.
Dr. Valera was hit in his lungs, heart, spleen and kidney. His wife was hit by a bullet on her shoulder and exited her jaw.
Police described the killing to be the work of a professional because of the way the crime was executed. They recovered empty shells of Super .38 caliber at the crime scene.
Police are now looking at several angles of the killing including politics or business-related.
Ms. Barreya-Valera is survived by her 2 sons from a previous relationship while Dr. Valera is the son of Dr. Clarito Valera, who was a very popular doctor and was a former member of Sangguniang Panlalawigan.(AS)