Man kills 3 siblings after losing in elections
MANILA (UPDATE) - A man killed his own brother and two sisters in Pontevedra town in Capiz after he and his son lost in the barangay elections, police said Tuesday.
Manuel Arcenas and his son lost in the polls held Monday. He ran for kagawad while his son went up against his own uncle, Ramon Arcenas, who won the barangay chairman race and was among those shot dead.
The two other victims were identified as Jennifer Arcenas-Nuyes and Evelyn Arcenas-Espenar.
Initial investigation showed that the suspect, who was armed with a .45 caliber handgun and a Carbine rifle, entered the victims' home early Tuesday morning and suddenly shot his siblings.
Philip John Arcenas, a witness in the killings, said his uncle Manuel was in "full battle gear".
"Pagpasok ni tito, tinutukan niya ako ng baril. Sabi niya, 'isa ka pa! Pinagtutulungan niyo ako.' 'Di ako makapaniwala na babarilin niya mga tita ko," he said.
The suspect fled after the shooting.
Police believe that politics and personal grudge could be the motives behind the crime.
"Hindi siguro matanggap ni Manuel ang pagkatalo kaya niya binaril ang asawa ko," said Ramon's widow Josephine Arcenas.
Police Insp. William Limjuco Jr. said a manhunt has been launched against the suspect.
The Commission on Elections regional office, meanwhile, does not believe that politics triggered the killings.
"Bago pa man ang election, may conflict na sa pagitan ng magkakapatid," said Comelec regional director Atty. Dennis Ausan.
The Comelec has yet to announce who will replace Ramon Arcenas as barangay captain in their community. - report from Bea Zaragosa, ABS-CBN Western Visayas