Estrada or­ders ar­rest of village chief’s killer

Manila Times - - NEWS - JAIME R. PILAPIL

MAYOR Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Fri­day or­dered the Manila Po­lice District (MDP) to get the per­pe­tra­tor in the gun slay­ing on Thurs­day of a

head to be mur­dered in the city since Jan­uary.

Ar­nel Parce, 47, whom Estrada de­scribed in a state­ment as the “very com­pe­tent, in­dus­tri­ous and down to earth” chair­man of Barangay 20, Zone 2, was killed Thurs­day night by mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ing men along Roque Street in Tondo. The in­ci­dent was caught on CCTV. The gun­man and

There was a report yes­ter­day that an artist’s sketch of the gun­man was avail­able. The gun­man’s face was re­port­edly seen by Christo­pher Baloti­nos, alias “Pipi,” who was able to grab the as­sailant’s gun as the other wit­nesses fled. How­ever, when asked for a copy, Supt. Er­win Mar­garejo, MPD spokes

Estrada re­mem­bered Parce as the one who al­ways sought his help in as­sist­ing the fam­i­lies dis­placed

“He al­ways had a heart for his con­stituents,” Estrada said. Parce had been re­ceiv­ing death threats after he de­clared that he would go after drug ad­dicts and push­ers in the barangay.

Supt. San­ti­ago Pas­cual, chief of the MPD Sta­tion 2, said po­lice re­cov­ered from the crime scene a .45 cal­iber “shoot­ers” pis­tol.

“We turned over the gun to the MPD Homi­cide Sec­tion for bal­lis­tics tests and to check if the se­rial num­bers could still be seen on the seen, hope­fully we would be able to trace the owner of the gun,” he said. Mean­while, Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, MPD direc­tor, or­dered his men to fo

Parce is the fifth barangay chair­man in Manila to be slain since Jan­uary.

The oth­ers killed by still un­known as­sailants were Tito Cal­doza, Jr. of Barangay 106, Zone 8, Tondo, who was shot dead just out­side the barangay hall on Jan­uary 25; Nenita Acuna of Barangay 200, Zone 18, Tondo, killed on March 3; An­gelito Sarmiento of Barangay 751, Zone 81, who was shot dead in­side his house in Malate on May 26; and Dante Gon­zalo of Barangay 670, Zone 72 in Er­mita, who was killed on June 26.

Mean­while, barangay chair­man Kristo His­pano of Barangay 649, Zone 88 in Baseco Com­pound, who was am­bushed on June 21 after at­tend­ing Estrada’s award­ing of out­stand­ing ng Maynila cel­e­bra­tion at the Manila Ho­tel, sur­vived an am­bush.

Only Sarmiento was in the MPD’s - volved in drugs.

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