• Barangay official accused of murder

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    Police arrested and filed criminal charges against a village official accused of murdering a 10-year-old boy in Zamboanga del Sur, officials said on Sunday.

    Officials said that Algien Lucero, 20, chairperson of the Sanguniang Kabataan in the town of Aurora, allegedly bludgeoned Richard Lucero and hid his body at a banana plantation in the village of Bag-Ong to cover up the grisly murder.

    “Police have filed charges against him for the murder of the boy. He is now detained in Aurora police station,” said Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesperson.

    He said that the suspect was drunk when he killed the boy and told his friend, Dennis Lopez—who lives in the same house—about the murder and where he hid the body.

    Lopez later told the boy’s father about the murder after they came looking for him in his house where neighbors last saw the victim with the village official.

    Huesca said that the motive of the killing is still unknown. It was not immediately known whether the accused was under the influence of drugs at the time of the murder.

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