Latest Stories

Councilor killed by teenage rebels in Eastern Samar


TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—A municipal councilor was gunned down Friday morning by two teenagers believed to be communist rebels outside a convenience store in Dolores, Eastern Samar, police said.

Councilor Bonifacio Tan Jr. of Dolores came from his brother’s house in Barangay 3 and had dropped by a store to buy something about 7:30 a.m. when the assailants approached him from behind and opened fire, hitting him twice in the head and other parts of the body, said Insp. Jerome Camacho, Dolores police chief.

After shooting the victim, the gunmen casually hailed a passing motorcycle, boarded the vehicle and escaped, Camacho added in a telephone interview.

Tan was taken to the Domingo Casano Private Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Camacho said the gunmen were described to be between 16 and 18 years old. He said the assailants were suspected to be members of the New People’s Army because when the police pursued them up to Sitio Binog, Barangay 14, they were met by a group of armed men who engaged the policemen in a gunbattle.

“They engaged us in a fire fight. One of the men…  even lobbed a grenade towards our direction but none of my men was hit or hurt,” he added.

After five minutes, the rebels in different directions, said Camacho.

The town of Dolores, which is composed of 46 barangays with a population of more than 40,000, has long been identified by the military as a  hot-bed of insurgency in Eastern Samar.

Camacho said they could not yet establish the motive of the rebels in killing the councilor, whose family owns several business establishments in Dolores, about 170  km northeast of Tacloban.

Tan was a first-term councilor. His wife, Leny, is the chairperson of Barangay 13 where the Tans and their four children live.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , Eastern Samar , Insurgency , New People’s Army

  • PHtaxpayer

    This is irresponsible journalism if not propaganda.  There is no evidence to back up the allegations and should be reported as such.  But if provincial reporters report the truth, they are often rubbed out.

    Funny the police have suspects but no motive.  They should investigate first, find the motive then they can narrow down the suspects list.  If you don’t have motive, these killers could be anyone from a rival politician to a robbery gang.It’s so hard to know the truth nowadays in media.  People should be aware they are being manipulated and there is a lot of propaganda out there.   It is not just one story or one newspaper…it is a whole series, like a tv or movie series that tries to keep your attention and brainwash you to its message.  The best propaganda is one that is subtle and smooth, you do not know you are being manipulated until you are already a believer in it.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • Nepal officials go to Everest to try to end crisis
  • Escudero ready to defend self should name appear in Napoles’ list
  • Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute
  • Russia not abiding by agreement on Ukraine—Obama
  • Magnitude 6.7 quake off British Columbia coast
  • Sports

  • Promoters Dela Hoya, Arum in talks for Pacquiao-Alvarez—report
  • Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern
  • Suns’ Goran Dragic win NBA’s Most Improved Player award
  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
  • Ronaldo shakes off injury fears to play Bayern
  • Lifestyle

  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Entertainment

  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • Business

  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Marketplace