TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A barangay tanod took his own life while a barangay councilor was attacked with a pointed object in separate incidents in Isabela and Quirino over the past days.
Tanod Edgardo Benedicto, 29, from P6 Tagaran, Cauayan City was found lifeless and hanged from a tree on Monday morning, November 27.
Cauayan Police said a certain Jobert, neighbor of the victim was walking at the back of his house to tend his carabao when he found the lifeless Benedicto.
After being reported, police and members of Rescue 922 responded but had declared the victim dead.
Further, Police said Benedicto’s family is “morally convinced” that he committed suicide.
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Meanwhile, a barangay councilor was allegedly attacked with a pointed weapon in Maddela, Quirino on Sunday night, November 26.
Maddela police identified the victim as Billy Mendoza Jr Direct, 32, from Barangay Villa Norte, the said town.
Police said Mendoza was at the terrace of his house when the suspect, a certain Allan Catchero, 52, suddenly ran towards the victim and allegedly attacked Mendoza.
Police pacified and turned-over Catchero to Maddela Police Station. Authorities have yet to determine the reason behind the assault. Northernforum.net