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July 25, 2016, a night that Mark Vincent Garalde would be his last while traversing Quiapo on route to his home, that, he wouldn’t reach alive. The gunman was Vhon Tanto, a 39-year-old who Garalde had an argument moments before. Before we throw Vhon Tanto into the wolf’s plate, let us get to know him and paste together the pieces that makeup the life of Vhon Tanto.

Vhon Tanto is a resident of Barangay 385 Zone 39 in Quiapo, Manila. He lives there with his wife and 3 daughters. He is a member of the reservist core of the Philippine Army and before his apprehension, does not have any active mission or orders from the upper chain of command. According to neighbors, Tanto is known to be a “siga” or thug.

Many of his neighbors would avoid contact or even scared of Tanto as he is known to throw fits of anger when provoked. He is known not to join or even participate barangay activities. One example is he did not relocate his car as his neighbors, and him actually, should clean their barangay cleaning operations.

According to the AFP, Tanto has not been issued any service fire arms of any kind. It is still a puzzle on where Tanto had acquired his hand gun which he used in killing Mark Vincent Garalde.

Fortunately, Tanto has been apprehended and is now in police custody. He is facing a homicide and frustrated homicide as he also critically wounded 18 year-old Rosell Bondoc after killing Garalde.

It is still unknown if Tanto would be the first person to be killed via the revival of the death penalty as the capital punishment and preferred punishment of President Rody Duterte.

After this incident, drivers and pedestrians are advised to be cool headed when travelling to and from home or work as traffic altercations could result to someone’s demise.


About the author: Ralph Bonotan


Ralph is a freelance writer in Davao. He is an IT personnel and teacher.


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