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Ex-kagawad arrested for killing man

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A former barangay kagawad and his companion were arrested for killing a man and wounding his son at Purok Bakhaw B, Barangay Kawit, Pagadian City, Zamboanga de Sur (ZDS) Province on Saturday.

Pagadian City Police Station arrested Bernardo Dionio Arroyo, 48, married, ex-barangay kagawad of Barangay Bibilik, Dumalinao, ZDS and Soffio Retubado Namucatcat, 38, married, a garbage truck driver and a resident of the said place.

The local police recovered from the possession of Arroyo a cellular phone with text message “Bro ayaw patya, unsay enfo dha?” which was used as an evidence against the suspects.

The fatality was identified as Jessie Rey Tero Ontolan, 39, married. His son who was also wounded was identified as Jessrel Calgas Ontolan, 12, a student.

Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) spokesperson Chief Insp. Helen Galvez said that the suspects were having a drinking spree at the vicinity of Razul sari-sari store where Namucatcat offered a drink to the elder Ontolan which the victim readily accepted.

However, Arroyo suddenly stood up and without a word shot the elder Ontolan in the head and body. A stray bullet also hit the victim’s son who was just standing near his father.

Galvez said that the suspects hurriedly sped off onboard a Honda XRM motorcycle heading toward the barangay hall. However, the suspects were arrested during the hot pursuit operation.

The Police has readied a murder and a homicide case against the suspects in court. (Eugene A. Lasprilla)




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