Barangay tanod arrested for shooting scavenger with mental illness in Tondo

Published August 9, 2021, 6:14 PM

by Andrea Aro

A barangay tanod was arrested Sunday, a day after he allegedly shot dead a scavenger with mental illness in Tondo, Manila.

(Photo courtesy of MPD police station 7 / MANILA BULLETIN)

The suspect, identified as Cesar M. Panlaqui, 55, tanod of Barangay 156, was apprehended by members of the Manila Police District (MPD) Station 7.

In CCTV footage from MPD Station 7, the suspect can be seen talking to the victim, Eduardo G. Geñoga, 59.

Panlaqui then walked away from Geñogao and pulled out his gun from his back pocket.

Geñoga, who was carrying a toy gun and a stick, then came out of the frame and approached Panlaqui.

The suspect backed off and went in the opposite direction. While Geñoga was walking away, Panlaqui shot him from a distance.

According to the police report, two members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Quezon City, who were traveling along Tayuman Street, found the victim dead shortly after they heard a gunshot on Saturday.

They immediately reported the incident to the barangay and nearby police station.

According to the brother of the victim, Geñoga was suffering from mental illness.

Police recovered from the suspect a revolver without a serial number. They also recovered toy guns from Geñoga.

Probers have yet to determine the motive behind the killing.