LUCENA City -- A village chief was shot dead in broad daylight by an unidentified gunman while he was
about to leave the house of his second wife at Pleasantville Subd., Bgy. Ilayang Iyam, here,
Eduardo Berina, 50, of Purok Damayan Uno and chairman of the adjacent Bgy. Ibabang Iyam,
sustained a gunshot wound in the head and died on the spot, said Supt. Reynaldo Maclang, the city
Maclang said Berina was inside the house when shot at close range at 6:45 a.m. by the gunman
using a cal. .45 pistol, hitting him in the face and left side of the body.
As the victim fell down bloodied, he said the suspect quickly fled.
Whether the gunman has a companion and used a motorcycle as a getaway vehicle is yet to be
known, Maclang said.
“We’re still digging deeper into the case but based on our initial findings, the attacker was
also inside the house. Because we recovered the empty shells inside the house. We’re also looking for
footages that could have been recorded by CCTV cameras installed in some houses at the subdivision,”
It was learned that Berina regularly stays and sleeps at the house of his second wife,
Elizabeth, a businesswoman, but still visits his first family at Bgy. Ibabang Iyam where he serves as
Elizabeth, also known as Inday, has been out of the country for vacation.
Upon learning of the incident, City Mayor Roderick Alcala, Quezon police director Senior Supt.
Rhoderick Armamento and Maclang rushed to the crime scene.
The three officials, however, refused to issue a statement pending the results of the
It’s already past 9 a.m. when Scene of the Crime Operatives arrived to process the crime scene
where two spent shells for cal. .45 pistol were recovered.
One of the probers on case, who refused to be named, said one of the angles they are looking
into is the victim’s old grudge with somebody. He refused to elaborate but expressed optimism that the
case will eventually be resolved.