Barangay councilor's killing caught on cam

Posted at 10/19/10 12:15 AM

CALASIAO, Philippines - A closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) captured the murder of a barangay kagawad in Calasiao town, Pangasinan, on Sunday.

Footage caught by a CCTV camera installed at a gasoline station showed the victim, Barangay San Vicente official Joseph Garcia, being shot to the head at close range.

Garcia was filling his motorcycle with gas when another motorbike with 2 men stopped a few meters away from him.

One of the men wearing a yellow shirt and a baseball cap suddenly went toward the victim and shot him at the back of the head.

Bystanders ran in panic while the gunman pumped more bullets into the fallen Garcia.

The suspect stole the victim’s change from the gasoline station before he and his accomplice fled the scene.

Police have yet to find a motive for the crime, said Chief Inspector Gary Pascual, Calasiao deputy police head.

The victim’s family, meanwhile, declined to give a statement to media.

A report received by the authorities indicates that Garcia was killed allegedly because he was an informer for the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

He was the fourth barangay official in Pangasinan attacked so far, according to police records.

The three other victims survived the attacks. – Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News North Central Luzon