Town coun­cilor, two oth­ers killed

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A COUN­CILOR of Sal­vador Bene­dicto town in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and two oth­ers were gunned down by six uniden­ti­fied armed men at Purok Lilo in Barangay Lopez Jaena of the neigh­bor­ing Mur­cia town Fri­day morn­ing.

Killed were Coun­cilor Eden Ba­cordo, 39, his part­ner Leah Mae Sadoa, 29, and his body­guard Arnold Larida, 38.

The other two were also res­i­dents of Sal­vador Bene­dicto.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Ron­ald San­til­lan, chief of Mur­cia Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion, said Ba­cordo was walk­ing through a sug­ar­cane plan­ta­tion on his way to the main road when the as­sailants fired at him around 9:30 a.m.

He was hit on the shoul­der, but he was able to run back to the nipa hut, where he left Sadoa and Larida.

More armed men emerged and also shot him.

Sadoa saw Ba­cordo ly­ing on the ground, and went to him. The as­sailants con­tin­ued to fire at them.

A photo showed Sadoa, who was shot on the shoul­der, died em­brac­ing the fallen coun­cilor from be­hind.

Larida was hid­ing when the gun­men also shot him.

The three died on the spot while the as­sailants es­caped on foot.

Po­lice re­cov­ered 34 fired bul­lets of M16 and garand long firearm, two clips, and three live am­mu­ni­tion of garand long firearm.

San­til­lan said the three vic­tims went to Mur­cia af­ter Ba­cordo and Larida at­tended a court hear­ing on their mur­der case in Ba­colod City on Thurs­day.

A rel­a­tive of Sadoa is liv­ing in the area.

San­til­lan said the armed men were ap­par­ently mon­i­tor­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of Ba­cordo.

San­til­lan said they are eye­ing love tri­an­gle and re­venge as the mo­tive.

He added that Ba­cordo and Larida were sus­pects in the killing of Char­lie Buli-Buli, 35, of Barangay Bago, Sal­vador Bene­dicto, a com­man­der of Revo­lu­tion­ary Pro­le­tar­ian ArmyAlex Bon­cayao Bri­gade.

Buli-Buli was shot to death by nine uniden­ti­fied men in the said barangay last July 8 on his way to his farm, along with his 14-year-old nephew. His nephew was threat­ened at gun­point but was un­harmed. (AP)

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