Village watchman enforcing quarantine protocols slain in Pampanga
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –– A barangay tanod (village watchman) was shot dead while working at a quarantine control checkpoint in Floridablanca town in Pampanga on Sunday, police said.
Joseph Labonera Sr. was gunned down at close range by one of two motorcycle-riding men who stopped at a checkpoint at Purok 1 in Barangay Del Carmen around 11:30 a.m.
Witnesses said the gunman wore a black jacket and a helmet.
The suspects sped off in the direction of Barangay Ascomo in nearby Guagua town. They have not been found as of Monday.
Before the incident, the 59-year-old Labonera had accosted someone for not wearing a face mask, according to Lt. Col. Roger Tomen, Floridablanca police chief.
“He (Labonera) was merely doing his duty,” Tomen said in a phone interview.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in Pampanga. Violation of its ordinance faces a fine of P20,000 to P50,000 and jail time.
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