Padami nang padami: Village chief killed in Manila, 5th this year

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Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada is alarmed by the increasing number of deaths among barangay captains in his city.

Just last Wednesday, Barangay 20 chair Arnel “Bong” Parce of Tondo was gunned down by still unidentified suspects.

Parce, whom Estrada described as “competent and humble man”, was the fifth village chief killed in Manila this year.

Parce reportedly received death threats due to his strong stance against illegal drugs.

Other village chiefs killed in Manila were: Tito Cardoza of Barangay 106, Tondo, (killed on Jan. 25); Nenina Acuña of Barangay 200, Tondo (March 3); Angelito Sarmiento of Barangay 751, Malate (May 26); and Dante Gonzalo of Barangay 670, Ermita (June 26).

Another chair, Kristo Hispano of Barangay 649, also of Tondo, luckily survived an ambush after attending an event at Manila Hotel last June 21.

Manila Police District Chief Supt. Joel Coronel in an earlier interview said only Sarmiento was on the police drug watch list among the local officials killed.