A candidate for barangay kagawad was gunned down yesterday in Cauayan, while a kagawad running for re-election, survived, when his residence in Escalante City, all in Negros Occidental, was strafed six days before the Oct. 28 barangay elections.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, identified the fatality, who was shot by a still unidentified suspect, as Alfred Lucero,57, a candidate for kagawad in Brgy.Linaon, Cauayan.
On the same day, another unidentified suspect, armed with an M-16 assault rifle, strafed the house of Kagawad Noel Sabordo, in Purok Malipayon, Brgy. Dian-ay, Escalante City at about 12:40 a.m.
Fortunately, Sabordo and none of the other occupants of his house, who were awakened by the bursts of gunfire, were hit, Supt. Leo Batiles, Escalante police chief, said.
However, bullets hit the wall and roof of his residence, Batiles added.
The gunman fled on board a motorcycle, Batiles said.
Nineteen empty shells of M-16 assault rifle were recovered at the scene by Escalante policemen, who said they were informed of the incident four hours later.
The suspect left behind a note, accusing Sabordo of being a corrupt barangay official, who should not be voted during the election, police investigations also showed.
Sabordo was reported to have been an ally of incumbent barangay captain Romy Romo of Dian-ay, Escalante City, whose opponent is being supported by the present administration
Batiles said Sabordo told him he has no enemies, and has not confronted anybody, in relation to the barangay election.*GPB