A barangay kagawad in E.B. Magalona town, Negros Occidental, was shot and killed at about 5 p.m. Monday.
The police yesterday identified the victim as Rolando Lozada, 41, of Sitio Manyaque in Brgy. Canlunsong. He died on the spot from a gunshot wound on his chest.
E.B. Magalona police commander, Chief Insp. Samuel Mina, could not be reached for comment last night but he told ABS-CBN Bacolod that Lozada heard gunshots in front of his house before he was killed.
Mina theorized that Lozada could have gone out of his house to check on who were firing their guns when one of the unidentified suspects shot him.
He believes the shooting of Lozada has something to do with his active campaign against illegal poaching in their barangay, Mina said.
Before the shooting, Lozada had already received several death threats, Mina said.
Lozada and other officials of Brgy. Canlunsong were the guides of members of Task Force Ilahas and the E.B. Magalona police when they went to the barangay in May this year, to check on reported illegal poaching activities, Mina added.
Aside from Lozada, two other officials of Brgy. Canlunsong have been moved to a safer places as they have also received death threats, Mina said.
He said that the suspects in the killing of Lozada could have also been involved in other crimes in E.B. Magalona and other parts of the third district of Negros Occidental.*APN