• Homicidal village chief collared in Capiz

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    A Capiz village chief who killed three of his siblings in a family feud that turned into a bitter political rivalry was captured by the police a day after Interior Secretary Mar Roxas ordered an intensive manhunt for all those responsible in violent incidents that were recorded during the October 28 barangay elections.

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    The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported to Roxas that Manuel Arcenas Sr., 62, outgoing barangay captain of Manapao, Pontevedra, Capiz, was taken into custody on October 30 and is now detained at the PNP Regional Headquarters at Camp Delgado.

    The police said Manuel Sr. shot dead his brother Ramon, 54; sisters Jennifer Arcenas-Nuyles, 57 and Evelyn Arcenas-Espinar, 58, on Tuesday, a day after the winners of the barangay election were announced in their area.

    According to Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., director of PNP Regional Office 6, the elder Arcenas went into a shooting rampage after learning that his daughter Isabel, who was being groomed as his successor, lost to his younger brother Ramon in the recently concluded barangay elections.

    Isabel’s younger brother, Manuel Jr., also lost in his bid to be a barangay kagawad in their village.

    A day after Ramon was proclaimed winner as barangay chairman of their place, Manuel Sr., armed with a .30 Carbine, went to the house of his siblings in Barangay Manapao and shot the three victims dead.

    On the orders of Roxas, the police immediately conducted hot pursuit operations against Manuel Sr., who was later traced to be hiding in La Paz, Iloilo.

    Roxas has earlier directed the Philippine National Police to work double time for the early solution of all election-related violent incidents, saying justice must be served at the soonest time possible.

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