• Village leader, policeman shot dead

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    As election day draws closer, more violent incidents were reported across the country.

    In Taal, Batangas, a village chairman was killed while his aide was wounded after they were attacked by unidentified men late Friday afternoon, police reports said on Saturday.

    Arnel Marcellana, barangay chairman of Cawit, Taal, and his aide, Benjie Marcellana, were separately attacked by armed men in their homes. The gunmen fled on foot after shooting their victims.

    Marcellana was declared dead at the Polymedic Hospital. while his aide was brought to the Batangas Regional Hospital for treatment.

    Meanwhile, a police officer was also shot dead and a village watchman was injured in Barangay Calingatnan, Borongan, Eastern Samar early yesterday morning.

    PO1 Agerico Afable and Glecerio Gema were guarding the polling precinct where some Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were stored when four unidentified men opened fire.

    Afable succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds. Two other village watchmen escaped unharmed by pretending to be dead, police reports said.

    The suspects took Afable’s service pistol and some police uniforms, but the PCOS machines were left untouched.

    In Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, eight masked gunmen barged inside the house of Edna Cabilin, village chief of Canlucani, while she was meeting with other local officials.

    The gunmen held Cabilin’s daughter and granddaughter hostage until the village leader showed up.

    Richie Cayongyong, the village secretary, was shot in the thigh. Cabilin, however, was unharmed.

    The gunmen took Cabilin’s laptop and cellular phones, and fled.

    While the real motive for the raid was still unknown, there has been news about masked gunmen harassing local politicians and their supporters. Marlon Manisig, Gutalac village chieftain, was wounded in an ambush staged by masked gunmen last month.

    Last Thursday, police forces confiscated firearms, sample ballots, and fake bills from the house of Gutalac Mayor Mariano Candelaria Jr.

    Anthony Vargas And Al Jacinto

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