Village councilman shot dead on birthday


A VILLAGE councilman celebrating his birthday was shot dead by their village chief during the celebration in Barangay Damawatu, Tulunan town, North Cotabato province. Sr. Insp. Ronnie Cordero, Tulunan police chief, identified the victim as Barangay Kagawad Federico Supat. Police also identified his killer as Barangay Chairman Gilberto Espelita. Cordero said the village officials, led by Espelita, had a council meeting on Thursday morning in the Sangguniang Pambarangay session hall. Since it was Supat’s birthday, a drinking spree followed the council session. At about 7 p.m., Supat and Espelita engaged had a commotion that led to the shooting incident. Supat sustained three gunshot wounds.


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