Why were Mandaluyong barangay tanods armed with guns?

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 29 2017 10:30 PM

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MANILA—Mandaluyong Mayor Carmelita Abalos has asked Barangay Addition Hills' village chief to explain within 24 hours why village watchmen under him were carrying firearms on duty, her chief of staff said Friday.

Jimmy Isidro said barangay tanods (village watchmen) are not authorized to carry firearms while on duty.

“The mayor has [written] a memorandum today, this morning, to the barangay captain giving him 24 hours to explain what really happened and at least to give or surrender all the barangay tanods for further and deeper investigation,” Isidro told ANC.

“In the local government code, we do not allow the tanods to carry firearms that is why the mayor today reiterate a memorandum to all barangay captains that no tanods can carry firearms even in their duties.”

Isidro said two village guards have been placed under police custody while another one identified as Gilbert Gulpo remains at large.

“The two barangay tanods actually are in the custody of the police doing a paraffin test,” he said.

The Mandaluyong city police chief and 10 of his men have been removed from their posts following a shooting incident due to mistaken identity.

Policemen and village guards fired at an AUV on Shaw Boulevard late Thursday thinking it was the getaway vehicle of a shooting suspect. 

Two people were killed while two others were wounded in the incident. One of the victims is now under stable condition while the other one will undergo an operation Friday evening, according to Isidro.

“The one is in stable condition, he was operated. The other one, I think this evening, he will undergo operation,” he said.

“The mayor gave assistance to those people who are in the hospital right now with regards to medical attention, assistance for the medicines, for the doctor and those two for their funeral parlors, we are trying to help them.”