Barangay captain, assassin killed in Batangas shootout

Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2016 07:49 PM

BATANGAS – A 54-year-old barangay chairman and his suspected killer were slain in a shooting incident in Mataas Na Kahoy town Wednesday morning, police said.

Senior Superintendent Arcadio Ronquillo, Jr. Batangas police director, identified the victim as Jacinto Gardiola, a resident and chairman of Barangay 2, Mataas Na Kahoy.

Gardiola's alleged assassin was identified thru his recovered identification cards as Pedro Magracia, 63, a resident of Barangay Lagalag, Tiaong, Quezon.

According to report, Gardiola was standing in front of a carwash when two motorcycle riding men approached from behind and shot him around 6:20 a.m.

Although wounded, the barangay official managed to draw his own firearm and shoot Magracia, killing him. 

His accomplice, however, managed to escape towards Balete town and is now the subject of manhunt operation.

A few hours later, the abandoned motorcycle was recovered in Barangay Nangkaan in Mataas Na Kahoy.

Gardiola was a distant relative of a well-known contractor in Mataas Na Kahoy, Ronquillo said.

Police recovered one caliber 45 pistol, six spent shells of said firearm and wallet of the suspect containing identification cards.

Probers have yet to determine the motive and the brains behind the killing.