Isabela village chief shot dead on first day of gun ban



MANILA, Philippines—A village chieftain was shot dead by a still unidentified assailant at the height of a town fiesta in Isabela Sunday evening, police said Monday.

Senior Superintendent Franklin Mabanag, Isabela provincial police office director, identified the victim as Victor Acoba, 43, the incumbent village captain of Barangay (village) San Vicente in San Pablo, Isabela.

He said the incident took place around 10:20 p.m. Sunday—the first day the Commission on Elections imposed the gun ban—inside the town’s Delfin Albano Hall while Acoba, his wife, and other residents were enjoying the fiesta.

Mabanag said the unidentified gunman, who was suspected to have been armed with a caliber .45, came from behind and shot Acoba twice to the head, killing the victim instantly.

“The suspect immediately merged himself with the crowd in going out of the building and fled…,” Mabanag said.

Two spent shells from a caliber .45 were recovered from the crime scene. The police has launched a deeper probe into the case. Jamie Marie Elona

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  • rayingga

    Expect more killings, surely because PNP & AFP are not doing their homework accordingly. Who else to be blamed for those countless loose firearms. Anyone out there please tell me.

  • sl1

    Police personnel should be ready all the times and expect the unexpected at  huwag tu-tulog tulog ng hindi naiisahan lagi!

  • jerome

    Very effective ang gun ban…

  • RockA

    I see the law is very effective at making killers feel safe when killing mayor’s in front of other people.  

  • mangtom

    sl1, makinig ka ng mabuti. Basahin mo ang news article. The gunman came from behind. Kahit isang million ang body guard ng victim at kahit siya ay armado din, wala siyang chance. Pakinggan mo ito ng mabuti: ang assassin ay hindi ilagay sa diaryo na balak niyang pumatay. Use your common sense, please. Yong US president nga na may elite security pinapatay pa, how much more to a village chieftain? Gets mo ba?

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