Barangay chief shot, in serious condition PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 January 2011 15:28

The barangay chairman of Baluno in the western part of the city was shot and seriously wounded near his house yesterday morning.

The victim, Felix Custodio, 50, married, was in critical condition at the Brent Hospital with a bullet wound in the head. He was shot while he was on his way home from the barangay hall where he and his barangay tanods have always been spending overnight.

Custodio’s relatives told the police that he was shot at past 6 a.m., but the incident was discovered more than an hour later after one of his nieces saw him lying on the pathway leading to their house.

Custodio together with his first cousin Ricky Macoycruz and Felix Juaton, both barangay tanods, were aboard a motorcycle heading home.

Macoycruz said he was driving the motorcycle with Custodio and Juaton as backriders. About 300 meters away from his house, Custodio alighted and walked towards his house.

Macoycruz said that Juaton also went straight to his house and while he was about to step inside,he heard gunfire coming from where Custodio alighted.

He said he did not mind it and instead sent a text message to Custodio’s sister to ask her if the village chief was already home. The reply was negative.

At past 7 a.m., Custodio’s niece Acel Custodio, a grade school pupil, was on her way to school
when she saw with fright her uncle bloodied lying on the ground.

The incident was immediately reported to all of their relatives including Macoycruz and Juaton.
Macoycruz said they rushed to the place where Custodio was shot and took him to Brent Hospital.

Macoycruz said Custodio arrived at the hospital at past 8 a.m.
He said that Custodio had to alight from the motorcycle and walk because the road going to his house was in poor condition and vehicles could not negotiate it well.

Custodio, Macoycruz and some  barangay tanods have been staying overnight at  the barangay hall to respond to any emergency in the barangay. They go home only in the morning.

Relatives said that Custodio had been opposing all illegal activities like illegal mining and quarrying.
They said that before the shooting, three persons went to see Custodio at his office, asking for permit to do some business in the barangay. But the chairman turned down their request, believing it would not bring any good result to the barangay.

Mayor Celso Lobregat visited Custodio at the Brent Hospital and pledged that the city government will shoulder all hospital expenses. — Dan Toribio Jr.