Barangay chief, 3 kagawads in mango grower’s slay detained PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 February 2011 16:54

Police disclosed yesterday that the barangay chairman of Tolosa, three kagawads and two members of the barangay intelligence network (BIN) who were implicated in the killing of a mango farm owner availed of a 15-day waiver after an inquest at the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Sangali Police Station commander Chief Insp. Elmer Acuña said the suspects, Pedro Rodriguez, barangay chairman, Florante Mendoza, Reinerio Garcing, Bonifacio Francisco, all kagawads, Joseph Nazareno and Rene Ferrer, both BIN members, were detained at the Sangali police station pending further investigation and evaluation of the cases of murder and frustrated murder forwarded to the prosecutor’s office in connection with killing of Mercedito Santos, a mango grower in Tolosa.

Acuña said the suspects signed a 15-day waiver as the rights of any accused for further evaluation of the cases they are accused of.
Santos, a resident of Putik, owned a mango farm in Tolosa.
Rodriguez, et al were also charged of stabbing Raymond Vidad, nephew of Santos, who earlier stabbed and wounded Alvyn Delos Reyes, a relative of Mendoza.
Vidad was reportedly arrested by barangay officials led by Mendoza after he stabbed Delos Reyes last Sunday.

Vidad escaped from the custody of the barangay officials after he was stabbed and wounded by Mendoza but he was arrested again.
Mendoza reportedly held Santos on the same day. In the evening of the same day, Santos arrived at the house of his sister in Tolosa bleeding with wound in the neck.
Santos’ sister sought the assistance of Chairman Rodriguez to bring him (Santos) to the hospital. But instead of bringing him to the hospital, Santos was later discovered dead with multiple stab and hack wounds in the body by the police on a ravine in Barangay Cacao.

The barangay chairman, three kagawads and the BIN members were arrested during a a followup operation. — Dan Toribio Jr.