Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - By Dex­ter Ca­balza @dex­ca­balza­INQ

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada or­dered po­lice to ar­rest the killers of Barangay 20 chair Ar­nel “Bong” Parce of Tondo, who was gunned down on Wed­nes­day night.

Parce had re­ceived deaths threats be­cause of his “stern an­tidrug cam­paign,” City Hall said in a state­ment on Fri­day.

It also noted that Parce was the fifth vil­lage chief in the city to be killed by uniden­ti­fied gun­men this year.

The others were Tito Car­doza of Barangay 106, Tondo, (killed on Jan. 25); Nen­ina Acuña of Barangay 200, Tondo (March 3); An­gelito Sarmiento of Barangay 751, Malate (May 26); and Dante Gon­zalo of Barangay 670, Er­mita (June 26).

Another chair, Kristo His­pano of Barangay 649, Tondo, sur­vived an am­bush af­ter at­tend­ing an event at Manila Ho­tel on June 21.

The state­ment quoted the Manila Po­lice Distric di­rec­tor, Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, as say­ing that among the slain lo­cal of­fi­cials, only Sarmiento was on the MPD’s drug watch list.

Estrada said he per­son­ally knew Parce, de­scrib­ing him as “very com­pe­tent, in­dus­tri­ous and down to earth.”

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