Village chief slain in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 April) – Authorities have formed a task force that will investigate the killing Sunday night of a barangay chair in this city.

Senior Insp. Jessie Jay Francia, station commander of Calinan Police Precinct, said Task Force Layao is headed by Supt. Dario Gunabe, deputy chief for administration.

Aldion Narciso Layao, the village chief of Barangay Lacson, Calinan District was killed around 9pm by unidentified gunmen on his way home from the fiesta of a sub-village in the same barangay.

The gunmen, who were riding in tandem on a motorcycle without a plate number, approached Layao and shot him three times with a .45 caliber pistol before fleeing to Calinan poblacion.

The victim was driving a Kia Sportage with plate number NR YDC-610 and had four passengers. He sustained a gunshot wound across his neck.

Layao was rushed to the Robillo Medical Clinic by his companions but he died a few minutes after arriving at the hospital.

Recovered from the crime scene were three empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol.

One of Layao’s passengers told police that the gunman covered his head with a gray jacket. He said the attackers used a red Honda XRM motorcycle.

Francia said they are still gathering statements from residents of Purok 4 who could have observed the presence of the perpetrators in the area prior to the incident.

“We believe that the perpetrators were observing and tailing Layao from Purok 4 where he attended a program where his wife was the master of ceremonies,” he said, adding members of the barangay council will also be questioned.

“It is public knowledge that he had misunderstanding with some members of the barangay council and we will also look into in it in our investigation,” Francia said.

The police official recalled that the police had been asked in the past to pacify a conflict between Layao and his barangay councilors.

Layao was a broadcaster and had anchored a television program of former House Speaker Prospero Nograles. (MindaNews)