Iloilo barangay official shot dead
ILOILO, Philippines – A village head in the town of Lambunao in Iloilo was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen morning of Wednesday, April 22.
Chief Inspector Elmer Armada of the Lambunao municipal police station said that Raul Ganadillo, chairman of of Barangay Pandan, was driving along the highway when two men aboard a motorcycle approached his vehicle and fired at him 3 times.
Ganadillo sustained multiple gunshot wounds, with one fatal shot on the left side of his body. He was rushed to the Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao, but was declared dead on arrival.
The police were able to trace and arrest the suspects, as witnesses reported seeing the culprits head toward the nearby town of Calinog.
The arrested suspects were Crisanto Caro alias "Badong" and his unnamed cousin-in-law.
"Naabtan namon sila sa ila balay nga nagapinta gid sang motor (We found them in their house while painting their motorcycle)," Armada said.
Armada said Caro and his group were previously involved in a series of hold-up incidents in Calinog and nearby towns, and had just released from jail.
Caro vehemently denied he was behind the crime.
Armada declined to provide further details so as not to jeopardize the ongoing investigations. Investigators are looking into the threat that Ganadillo reportedly received and his conflict with the barangay council. – Rappler.com