PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — A village head was killed by a lone gunman inside his residence in Barangay Ganaderia here around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
The victim was identified as Beato Pascua, 54, who was elected unopposed in the said village last year.
Witnesses said Pascua was inside his house when a man wearing a face mask called and greeted him.
“Magandang umaga po kapitan (Good morning, chairman),” the man was quoted as saying, and then pumped bullets from a 9-mm pistol when Pascua emerged from the terrace.
The suspect fled on board a motorcycle, investigation showed.
Relatives rushed Pascua to a nearby hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.
Forensic investigators recovered three spent shells of caliber 9-mm.
The victim’s wife, Macrina, could not think of any possible motive behind the attack other than politics.
“Alam kong yung asawa ko e wala naman siyang kaaway, alam kong mabait siya kahit tanungin niyo sa iba. Wala siyang kaaway, (I know my husband has no enemy. I know he was kind, you can even ask from others. He has no enemy),” Macrina said in an interview.
She called for justice for her husband’s death. “Bakit ganoon ang ginawa? Sabi ko nga wala naman siyang kaaway kung sa mga personal talaga pong wala (Why did that happen? I said he has no enemy. If it was personal, he really did not have any enemy),” said Macrina, a public school teacher.