Another Nueva Ecija barangay chief shot

STA. Rosa, Nueva Ecija—An incumbent barangay captain in this province is in critical condition after two suspects aboard a motorcycle shot him as he was driving home Sunday afternoon.

Barangay Talipapa chief Apolinario dela Cruz y Villanueva, alias Paul, sustained gunshot wounds on his neck and chest after being shot numerous times as he was driving his SUV to his home in Barangay Burgos in this town.

He was immediately rushed to Doctors Hospital.

Supt. Ricardo Villanueva, chief of Provincial Public Safety Company, headed the team that arrived at the crime scene after the shooting. They are tracking down the suspects and identifying possible motives for the shooting.

The shooting of Dela Cruz took place nearly two weeks after the Sept. 14 shooting of the captain of Barangay General Luna in Cabanatuan City who died in the incident, and other shootings earlier this year.

Cesar Baltazar was talking to his mother in front of the barangay hall when two men aboard a motorcycle shot him at close range.

Baltazar was dead when he was brought to the Good Samaritan Hospital.

On June 7, the captain of Barangay Camp Tinio, Roger Pascua, was killed by two men on a motorcycle as he was drinking coffee in his house. The shooting was captured by a closed circuit television camera.

Yet another barangay captain, Herminigildo Catacutan, was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in front of the barangay hall in Dampulan, Jaen. Catacutan was a former policeman before getting elected captain of the barangay.

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