A barangay chairman in Tondo, Manila was killed by riding-in-tandem suspects the other night while the barangay’s deaf-mute ‘striker’ was injured as a result of the shooting that took place on San Roque Street.
Prober PO3 Aldeen Legaspi of the Manila Police District-Homicide Section identified the chairman as Arnel ‘Bong’ Parce, 47, head of Bgy. 20, Zone 2. He died while being treated at Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC) for gunshot wounds in the neck and head.
The ‘striker’, identified as Christopher Balotinos, 32, was hit in the back but is now in stable condition.
Based on the CCTV recording of the incident, Parce was seated in front of his home at 891 San Roque Street, near the sidewalk and along with Balotinos and two others, when the suspects arrived aboard a motorcycle at around 8 p.m. The back rider got off and shot the victim several times.
Balotinos tried to chase the suspects and wrestle for the gun from the shooter while they prepared to escape but was fired upon by the gunman. The driver escaped toward Road 10 and left the gunman behind, prompting the latter to flee on foot.
Police said Barangay Ex-O Ams Camin tried to stop the suspects by firing at their direction but failed.
The CCTV also showed that the suspects had a backup, as two men also aboard a motorcycle were likewise seen not far from the scene, both armed.
Parce’s colleagues in the barangay told police that the incident may have something to do with politics, since there are many contenders to his post. They also said it was possible that the chairman may have irked some drug suspects due to his campaign against illegal drugs.
It was also gathered that the chairman had been receiving death threats, based on the statement of his daughter.
Parce’s family expressed hope that they will get justice, saying the victim is an upright government official.