Suspect in Cavite village chief slay identified

Published April 17, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Anthony Giron

Trece Martires City, Cavite – Police have identified one of the two motorcycle-riding suspects who fatally shot Julugan VI (Tanza) barangay chairman Leonilo Dones Arbonida three days ago.

Governor Jesus Crispin C. Remulla confirmed this on Tuesday as he cited that the fallen barangay (village) leader was a virtual “Oplan Tokhang” vanguard in his jurisdiction.

“A suspect has been identified, investigation is ongoing. He (Arbonida) helped the police in Tokhang,” Remulla told this reporter.

Remulla, also the chairman of the Cavite and Region IV-A Peace and Order Councils, made the statement as he called on the police to arrest and jail the suspect.

When asked if the Arbonida attack had something to do with the synchronized May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) elections, Remulla said: “No findings yet.”

The 59-year-old Arbonida was gunned down by a motorcycle back-rider assailant while he was at his sari-sari (variety) store at 6:30 a.m. last Saturday. He suffered three bullet wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Saturday was the first day of the barangay and SK election period.

Arbonida was on his third and last term as barangay chairman.

Police said Arbonida may have been attacked due to his stance against illegal drugs in his turf. They have identified one of two suspects in the incident with the help of a witness but withheld his name pending his arrest.

The officers said that the motive and the other facts about the attack would be known once the suspect is arrested. The witness identified the suspect through a photograph.

Investigators are also looking into a footage of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed near the crime scene.