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Volunteer Doctor Shot Dead by Unknown Assailants after Serving at Medical Mission in Lanao del Norte

The medical community is mourning the loss of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas after he was shot by still unknown assailants while on his way home after serving in a medical mission at around 7PM on Wednesday, March 1.

A native of Aklan in central Philippines, Dr. Perlas was deployed to Lanao del Norte in southern Philippines – so far away from home – for the government’s Doctors to the Barrio program.

Photos by Reygene Caratiquit / Facebook

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While his contract with the program has ended, the kindhearted doctor chose to stay so he could provide much-needed help to the marginalized people in Lanao del Norte who could not afford to go to a hospital.

According to a military report on the incident, Perlas was on his way to Barangay Maranding in Lala town, Lanao del Norte on board a motorbike after serving in a medical mission when unknown assailants shot him at Barangay (volunteer) Maranding Annex.

He was rushed to the nearest hospital, the Lanao del Norte provincial hospital in Kapatagan town, but was declared dead on arrival.

Fellow doctor and friend, Dr. Reygene Caratiquit, wrote a touching tribute:

A graduate of UPLB, BS Biology 2006, WVSU Medicine 2011, Doctor to the Barrios Batch 30 and DAP MPM-HSD 2014. He is Dr. Dreyfuss “Toto” Perlas. He was one of the few who chose to stay and be absorbed in his community in Sapad, Lanao del Norte (He is from Aklan) to serve and help the poor and the sick, to help improve the health indicators.

The Doctors to the Barrios Community mourns for his early and untimely death. He was shot dead in Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte on his way home(where he rent a house) by an unknown assailant after attending a Medical Mission.

Minsan, madami sa amin, naiisip siguro kung tama pang ipagpatuloy ang pagsisilbi sa bayan. Sa lugar kung saan malayo ang pamilya namin sa amin. Sana may mga rason pa akong makita upang ipagpatuloy ito… Kay hirap mong mahalin Pilipinas…


As of press time, the cops are still investigating the matter and have not released more details about the incident. The identity of the assailants and the motive for the crime remain unknown.

Friends and family are calling for justice and hope that the killers will be identified and caught soon! They describe Perlas as a noble, kindhearted man who sacrificed being far from his family so he could serve the people who need his services the most…

Rest in peace, Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas.

Source: DefinitelyFilipino
Volunteer Doctor Shot Dead by Unknown Assailants after Serving at Medical Mission in Lanao del Norte

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