Ex-village councilman shot dead in Malabon




12:50 AM December 3rd, 2012

By: Nathaniel R. Melican, December 3rd, 2012 12:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines—A former barangay (village) councilman in Malabon was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding killers on Saturday evening.

Epifanio Calalang, 48, died of gunshot wounds on Saturday night just outside his house in Encarnacion Subdivision, Barangay Niogan, Malabon.

One of the suspects, identified as Eleazar Gallega, was arrested by police that same night.

According to the Malabon Police, the killing happened around 8:30 p.m. of Saturday, after Calalang and his friends had just ended a drinking spree.

Initial police reports indicated that the victim was sitting outside his house when two men riding a motorcycle approached him, and one of the riders got off.

The suspect who got off pointed and fired a gun at his head, killing him on the spot.

The two suspects then boarded the motorcycle again and fled the crime scene.

However, residents in the area immediately alerted the police, who were then able to pin down the two suspects as they sped off.

Gallega, who was shot by the police during the chase, was arrested and rushed to a hospital for treatment. Police also seized the motorcycle used in the shooting, but Gallega’s accomplice escaped.

The police are still investigating the motive behind the killing.

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