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A barangay chairman and his wife were killed while two others were injured when the pick-up they were riding exploded in Laurel, Batangas, Friday night, police said.

Nestorio Rodriguez, chairman of Brgy. Buso Buso, and his wife Eusebia died at a hospital in Tanauan City, Laurel Police chief Senior Insp. Ireneo Bajado said by phone.

Rodriguez’s companions, brothers Jimmy and Maximo Sarmiento, were injured, Bajado said.

The explosion occurred past 11 p.m., while the Rodriguezes and Sarmientos were travelling along a road in Brgy. Gulod, on a Mitsubishi L200 pickup (DSL-276).

The blast bore a hole to the vehicle’s underside, near the right side of the gearbox, Bajado said.

“Nung sumabog, napaatras yung sasakyan at tumama sa matigas na putik sa gilid ng kalsada,” he said.

Investigation showed that the Rodriguezes and Sarmientos had just come from the town proper and were on the way home.

The victims were rushed to the Laurel District Hospital and later transferred to the Mercado Hospital in Tanauan, where Rodriguez and his wife expired.

Members of the Explosives and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and Scene of the Crime Operatives were called in to determine what caused the blast.

“Sabi nung taga-EOD parang explosive daw, parang granada,” Bajado said.

Investigators are still trying to determine who carried out the attack. (John Roson)

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A mayoralty candidate died after being shot by armed men during his campaign sortie at a remote area in San Jose, Tarlac, on Monday afternoon, police said.

Rudy Abella, a barangay chairman running for mayor under the Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats party, was holding a “caucus” with residents of Sitio Sta. Cruz, Brgy. Iba, around 5:10 p.m., when he was shot, Senior Supt. Alfred Corpus, Tarlac provincial police director, said in a phone interview.

Two men shot Abella while at least three others served as lookouts, Corpus said, citing witnesses’ accounts.

Corpus said his men are looking at politics as only one of the possible motives for the killing, and have not yet discounted other angles which may be “very near.”

“It is unlikely that this is politically motivated,” the police official said, while declining to say what the other angles were. (John Roson)

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Two persons were killed and six others, including a barangay chairman, were injured in an ambush in Cotabato City on Wednesday morning, police said.

Killed were Brgy. Rosary Heights 5 chairman Amil Sula’s 18-year-old niece Sherasmine Salik Abdullah and the van’s driver, Paik Sultan, Cotabato City Police deputy chief for operations Supt. Marlou Martinez said.

Sula, his wife Jenna, aunt Baikan Salik Abdullah, Muslima Mita Salik, Taya Macalnas, all suffered bullet wounds to the different parts of the body.

The barangay chairman’s 7-year-old daughter is in critical condition, Martinez, who is also the city police’s spokesman, said in a phone interview.

A distant cousin of Sula, identified as Bai Jasmine Abdullah, and a 12-year-old relative survived the attack unscathed.

Sula, his family, and relatives were travelling along Don Rabago st., Brgy. Rosary Heights 4, on a Toyota Hi-Ace van (BEL-263) around 7:15 a.m. when an undetermined number of armed men fired upon their vehicle.

Within city proper naman ‘yun although hindi ‘yun masyadong dinadaanan, dun sila tinambangan sa may sementeryo… binakbakan sila hanggang sa napahinto sila dun malapit sa DPWH building,” Martinez said.

The attackers used high-powered firearms and “many” empty cartridges of different calibers were found at the scene, he said.

Police conducted checkpoints in different parts of the city after the incident, but the operations have so far yielded negative results, Martinez said.

Sa ngayon, ang intelligence operatives natin ay naka-deploy lahat, naghahanap tayo ng information, bini-beef up din ‘yung mobile patrolling natin,” he said.

Investigators have yet to determine the motive for the attack, but are not discounting the possibility that it was politically-motivated, according to the police official.

“Open pa ‘yun (political angle), lahat ng anggulo, kakausapin muna natin si kapitan, para malaman natin kung anong motive, sa ngayon lahat open pa,” Martinez said. (John Roson)

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Armed men shot dead a barangay chairman running as councilor under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) in Aroroy, Masbate, Sunday night, police said.

Edwin Dalinog Amaro, chairman of Brgy. Luy-a, was shot to death by still unidentified assailants in the same village around 6:30 p.m., Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

Amaro was aspiring for a post in the Sangguniang Bayan under the banner of the NPC, Bataller said in a text message.

Investigators were sent to the scene shortly after the incident while members of the Aroroy Police conducted pursuit operations against the assailants, he said. (John Roson)

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Two barangay kagawads (village councilmen) died after the motorcycle they were riding fell into a canal in San Andres, Catanduanes, early Wednesday, police said.

Killed were Norvin Baynosa, 35, and Eddie Samonte, 56, both kagawads of Brgy. Mayngaway, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

The incident occurred in Brgy. Divino Rostro around 3:35 a.m., he said.

The village officials were immediately brought to the Eastern Bicol Medical Center, but Baynosa died around 3:45 a.m. and Samonte expired around 10 a.m., Bataller said.

Local police are still investigating the cause of the incident, he said. (John Roson)

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Anti-narcotics agents arrested a barangay chairman of Lanao del Sur and his two companions for selling shabu, during an entrapment operation in San Pedro, Laguna, authorities said Saturday.

Salpoden Mampao, chairman of Brgy. Mapoling, Lumba-Bayabao, was arrested inside a popular fast food chain outlet along the National Highway in Brgy. Nueva, on Monday, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Arturo Cacdac said.

Also arrested were Mampao’s companions Matuan Badong, 22, and Jalal Rinanandang, 28, both residents of San Lorenzo Village, Brgy. Balibago, Sta. Rosa City.

“An undercover agent was able to hatch a drug transaction with Mampao, who agreed to rendezvous inside a restaurant,” Cacdac said in a statement.

Members of the PDEA Regional Office 4A and policemen seized Mampao and his companions after they received the marked P500 bill in exchange for two sachets with 10 grams of shabu worth P20,000, Cacdac said.

The operatives also confiscated two loaded caliber-.45 pistols, a caliber-.38 revolver, and a sports utility vehicle from the suspects.

Another companion of Mampao, identified only as a certain Nasser Afdal, was able escape.

Charges of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being prepared against the 28-year-old Mampao and his companions. (John Roson)

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A barangay chairman of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, was arrested after lawmen found illegally-cut lumber at his home, a police official said Saturday.

Arnulfo Iniba, chairman of Brgy. Cabangtalan, is under the custody of the Sinait Police which is presently preparing charges, Ilocos regional police director Chief Supt. Franklin Bucayu said.

Police seized 166 board feet of mahogany, molave, and gemelina lumbers from the village chief’s home, he said. (John Roson)

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A barangay kagawad (village councilor) in Davao City shot dead his female househelp then killed himself Monday night after the woman, with whom he had an extra-marital affair, decided to part ways with him, police said.

Ryan Kokam, a kagawad of Brgy. 20-B, shot Catherine Baguio on the left cheek with his caliber-.9mm pistol then shot himself on the chest with the same gun, Davao City police director Senior Supt. Ronald dela Rosa said.

Baguio, who suffered a bullet wound that exited at the forehead, expired while being brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. Kokam was declared dead by paramedics who rushed to the scene.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. at a home in Block 50, Brgy. 21-C, where Baguio had just moved in.

The 24-year-old Baguio, a native of Tagum City, transferred from Kokam’s house after the latter’s family discovered that the two had been having an affair, Dela Rosa said.

“Seventeen years old pa lang ‘yung babae diyan na nakatira sa kanila (Kokam) as katulong, tapos nagka-develop sila ng relationship… hanggang sa nag-24 years old ‘yung babae, [nalaman na ng] pamilya ng lalaki na may relasyon sila, pinalayas ‘yung babae,” he said.

Baguio eventually left but Kokam, who was married and had two children, followed her and reportedly asked her to come back.

Renan Boston and Junever Barug, Kokam’s other helpers who went with him to talk to Baguio, told police that they heard the two quarreling, with the woman telling Kokam that she was not backing from her decision.

“Desidido na rin ‘yung babae na makipaghiwalay sa kanya (Kokam). Eh ayaw niya na mawala sa kanya ‘yung babae, ‘yun na, binaril,” Dela Rosa said. (John Roson)

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