The same witnesses have positively identified Vhon Tanto, a 39-year-old Army reservist, as the driver of the red Hyundai Eon who shot and killed Garalde after a brief brawl before speeding away in his vehicle.
According to Inquirer, one witness named Bryan Yu recalled he first saw the two men along Arlegui Street – Garalde on his bicycle and Tanto in his car. The two were apparently both fuming mad and Tanto was chasing Garalde until he managed to block the latter’s car at Casal Street.
Another heated exchange ensued between the two until Tanto got off and started the fistfight with Garalde.When it was apparent that Tanto was losing the fight, and got locked by Garalde, the two men eventually separated and walked away from each other –Tanto back to his car and Garalde to his bike.
It was at this moment, according to Yu, that Tanto got off his car again, but now with a gun in his hand, and asked Garalde before shooting him in the face: “What now?”
Yu added the last words he heard Garalde say before the shot rang out was: “Pare, saglit.” (Wait, my friend.)
According to SPO2 Charles Duran of the Manila Police District (MPD) homicide division, an unidentified woman was with Tanto inside the car that night, but “definitely she’s not the wife”.
The police said the woman was heard shouting at Tanto not to shoot Garalde.
The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body and immediately died on the scene.