By Freddie Lazaro
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Chief Supt. Romulo E. Sapitula, regional director of Police Regional Office 1, had ordered an in-depth investigation to the gun slaying of a village councilor in Tubao, La Union on Thursday.
Sapitula said the victim identified as Nielo Figueroa Baltazar, a newly elected barangay councilor of Barangay Poblacion, Tubao town was shot by unidentified suspects in front of his house at about 6:20 a.m.
He said Baltazar was on board his Toyota Vios car parked in front of his residence when unidentified suspects on board a white van shot him several times.
Based on the report, Baltazar was linked to “Amang Drug Group” which operates in La Union province. He also listed in the drug watch list as “pusher” in the said town.
“Some members of the said drug group were arrested and some died in police operations,” Sapitula added.
The neighboring police stations were alarmed and directed to conduct dragnet operations for possible arrest of the suspects.