My brother-in-law reported that Melchor was happy and dancing and having a great time. That Wednesday evening, around 8:10 pm, he would be gunned down with one shot from a .357-caliber pistol to the chest.
We quickly purchased two round trip tickets and soon boarded the Weesam Express. The waters were rough that day. In the first time in over six years of living in the Philippines and riding banca boats and ferries, I felt my myself becoming seasick about 45 minutes into the 90-minute trip.