Former Pangasinan village head killed


LINGAYEN,Pangasinan: Police are investigating the gruesome murder on Friday of an engineer-private contractor of several government projects who once served as barangay chairman of San Carlos City.

Police chief Supt. Fidel Junio, said an unidentified gunman shot Benjamin Benjie Saringan, a native of San Carlos City, while the construction firm he headed on Ramos Street West in Brgy. Poblacion, was celebrating its Christmas Party.

Saringan, who also served for six years as barangay chairman in a village in San Carlos City was declared dead at the Jesus Nazareth General Hospital.

Investigators told newsmen that Saringan, manager of Trend-S Builders and General Merchandise, was talking with his workers when the gunman approached him and shot him pointblank several times. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the different parts of his body.

Junio said they are considering several angles that include business rivalry and a love triangle but refused to discuss the details saying it will affect their on-going investigation. At the same time, he assured the victim’s family that justice will be served.

He also said that witnesses have already identified the gunman and his companion who went inside the establishment during the incident.

The Department of Interior and Local Government had awarded Saringan as one of the Outstanding Public Officials in Pangasinan several times while he was serving as village chairman in San Carlos City.

When he retired from politics, he moved his family to Lingayen town where they have been staying for more than five years now.

His employees, numbering more than 200 drivers, carpenters and laborers, who described him as a good manager who was very kind to them and their families, are now asking for justice and have urged the police to exert all effort in solving the murder.


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