A barangay chairman was killed after being shot, allegedly by a soldier, in front of a videoke joint in Pili, Camarines Sur, early Saturday.

Gerald Regullano, 28, chairman of Brgy. New San Roque, succumbed to multiple bullet wounds to the body, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. in front of the M.S. Eatery and Videoke Bar along the Maharlika Highway, in Zone 2, Brgy. New San Roque.

Witnesses positively identified the suspect as Cpl. Leonardo Capranca, of the Army’s 565th Engineering Battalion based in Camp Martillana also in Pili, Bataller said.

Capranca shot Regullano using a caliber-.45 pistol “due to alleged drunkenness and misunderstanding,” before fleeing towards another videoke bar, Bataller said, citing a report from the Camarines Sur provincial police.

Regullano was trying to pacify brawlers at the first videoke bar when he was shot, according to a radio report.

Bataller said local police immediately cordoned the two bars after the incident but Capranca was already gone.

Around 6 a.m., police recieved an information that Capranca had already surrendered to his battalion commander, Col. Bernardo Bautista.

Capranca and his firearm were set to be turned over to the Pili Police station Saturday afternoon. (John Roson)

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