Another village chief shot dead in Batangas

Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 27 2016 04:08 PM

BATANGAS – Another barangay captain was killed by an unidentified gunman in Sto. Tomas town on Wednesday morning. The killing happened just two days after a village chief in Lipa City was also shot dead.

Police identified the victim as Chairman Arthur Marasigan, Sr. a resident and chairman of Barangay Santiago and president of the Association of Barangay Captains in Sto Tomas.

Marasigan was driving his car out from his garage when a lone gunman approached him from behind and shot him around 9 a.m.

He was rushed to St. Frances Cabrini Hospital but died while undergoing treatment at the emergency room from multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses said the gunman casually walked away after the incident.

Marasigan was the father of Arthur Jr., the present administrator of Sto. Tomas Municipal Office, and brother of the former Vice Mayor of Sto. Tomas, retired colonel Albert Marasigan.

Police have yet to determine the motive of the killing and the personalities behind the crime.

Last Monday, Chairman Leonardo Pureza of Barangay Pag-olingin in Lipa was also killed by gunmen riding in tandem.

Police are probing if Pureza was killed because of his efforts in giving names of suspected drug users and pushers to police in connection with the government's anti-drug campaign.