Barangay chairman in Cagayan shot dead

Published May 9, 2021, 2:20 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

BUGUEY, Cagayan – A barangay chairman was killed in an ambush in Barangay Remebella here Saturday.

Police Senior Master Sgt. Arnel Tamanu, investigator-on-case, identified the victim as Renante Ritarita, 46, also a businessman and chairman of Barangay Fula, this town.

Investigation showed that the victim was on his way home onboard his mini-dump truck at 4:45 p.m. after delivering soil for backfill to a certain Cesar Dumlao when two unidentified men armed wearing face masks appeared and opened fire at Ritarita.

The victim sustained multiple bullet wounds in the body, killing him on the spot, while the suspects fled towards the national highway on board a gray Toyota Fortuner without license plates.

Recovered from the crime scene were 16 empty cartridges for M16 rifle.

Police here are pursuing the suspects who are believed to be members of a gun-for-hire group also involved in illegal drug activities and have alerted nearby police stations to conduct checkpoints for their arrest.

Possible motives of the crime are land dispute and old grudge.