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MANILA, Philippines – Cawit, Taal, Batangas barangay captain Arnel Marcellana and his cousin Benjie Marcellana were shot by unidentified suspects on Friday, May 10, according to a report from Philippine Daily Inquirer.
In a statement on Saturday, May 11, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the Taal Municipal Station has activated a dragnet operation in response to the incident.
Arnel Marcellana was rushed to Poly Medic Hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Benjie Marcellana was brought to Batangas Provincial Hospital before being transferred to the Batangas Regional Hospital for further treatment.
The police are already investigating the incident.
Since the start of the election period, the PNP has already recorded 44 fatalities, a majority of which are elected government officials. – with reports from Cai Ordinario/Rappler.com