ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police arrested and charged a village official accused of murdering a 10-year-old boy in Zamboanga del Sur, officials said Sunday.
Algien Lucero, 20, chairman of the Sanguniang Kabataan in the town of Aurora, allegedly bludgeoned Richard Lucero and hid his body in a banana plantation in the village of Bag-Ong to cover up the grisly murder.
Lucero was detained in the Aurora police station, said Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.
He said suspect was drunk when he killed the boy and told his friend, Dennis Lopez – who lives in the same house – about the murder and where he hid the body.
Lopez later told the boy’s father about the murder after they came looking for him in his house where neighbors last saw the victim with the village official.
Huesca said the motive of the killing is still unknown. It was not immediately known whether the accused was high on drugs at the time of the murder.