Ecija village chief slain over drug list

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THE police on Tuesday attributed the Monday killing of a Nueva Ecija barangay (village) chairman to the local drug syndicate. Reports said Danilo Paca Sr., village chief of Pandalla in Muñoz Science City, was tailed by two suspects riding a motorcycle before he was shot several times at close range. Paca was on board a tricycle with village treasurer Jocelyn Esmina during the attack. Esmina survived. Supt. Dennis Wenceslao, Muñoz City police chief, said Paca had reported activities of suspected drug dealers in the city, resulting in the arrests of some pushers and users. Meanwhile, in Cuyapo town, Supt. Felix Castro, police chief, also reported that a 10-year-old boy died from an alleged vigilante attack whose target was his father– Dominador Fontanilla of Purok Maligaya in Barangay District. John Mark, Grade 4 student at Cuyapo Elementary School, instantly died when the attackers fired at his father, a suspected drug pusher in the area. Castro said the older Fontanilla was on the drug watch list and a known gun-for-hire involved with the Renato Quinto robbery- holdup syndicate operating in Nueva Ecija, Isabela and Pangasinan.

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