TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija -- An incumbent barangay chairman was gunned down in cold blood by four motorcycle-riding assassins here last Sunday morning.
Provincial police director Senior Supt. Manuel E. Cornel identified the slain barangay head as George Mangalindan, 45, married, of Bgy. Caputican, this town.
The suspects were four unidentified armed men riding two separate motorcycles with unknown plate numbers.
Town police commander Supt. Leandro V. Novilla said the victim was accompanied by Lorna de Jesus, 34, single, jobless, of Bgy. Caputican, when the attack occurred at Purok 3, Bgy. Gulod, at 8:50 a.m.
He said Mangalindan was driving the barangay service vehicle, a brown Toyota Super-Custom van (RDT-138), enroute to the town proper when the suspects suddenly overtook the van. The back rider shot him several times. The second motorcycle with the two other suspects served as back-up.
The barangay official, who was hit in different parts of the body, died on the spot.
Novilla said the four suspects then fled towards east direction.
Recovered at the crime scene were two fired cartridge cases and a fired bullet for cal. .45 pistol.
Police recovered from Mangalindan’s possession his cal. .45 pistol with three magazines containing 21 ammunition, a cal. .38 bullet, a plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu and a partially-opened plastic sachet containing the same contents and several drug paraphernalia.
Novilla said the victim’s body was brought to the Santos Salvador Funeral Parlor in Llanera town for autopsy.
The motive behind the killing is still being ascertained along with the identities of the killers.