Cop shot dead by ex-soldier over love for tree

By Nony Basco, ABS-CBN News Iloilo

Posted at Apr 04 2014 01:38 PM | Updated as of Apr 04 2014 09:38 PM

ILOILO - A police officer was shot dead by a former soldier in Barangay Dela Paz, Banate town, Iloilo Thursday morning.

The victim, identified as SPO2 Rene Hermano, died after being shot on the chest and head.

The suspect is Hermano's neighbor, Aurelio Padillo, a retired member of the Philippine Army.

Initial investigation showed that the policeman was going to cut down a tree planted on a lot he purchased.

Padillo, however, tried to stop him from cutting the tree, pointing out that he was the one who planted it before the lot was sold to Hermano.

The confrontation heated up, prompting Padillo to shoot the cop twice.

Padillo immediately left the area after the incident.

He was later arrested by police in a follow-up operation.

Recovered from the suspect was the firearm used in the crime as well as the service firearm of the victim.

The suspect is now detained at the Banate police station.