ANGELES CITY -- The death of a barangay executive officer shot by an identified gunman Thursday is not politically motivated, police officials said.
Inspector Roger Tomen, commander of Police Station 3 here, said in a report that around 11 a.m., Jesus Barameda, along with village watchmen in Don Bonifacio Subdivision, was waiting for their companions when the fatal incident happened.
Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police officer-in-charge, said the shooting of Barameda was not an election-related case.
“The shooting to death of Barameda doesn’t fall or qualify under election related violence. The victim is not a political leader, organizer, or avid supporter of a particular candidate or party for this coming election,” he said.
Investigation showed that a man wearing a white t-shirt, short pants and white bull cap approached Barameda and shot him. The suspect missed the shot.
According to the police report, Barameda, who was terrified, ran across the road. He was chased by the still unidentified suspect, who shot him three times with a caliber .45 pistol at close range.
The suspect walked away and boarded the getaway motorcycle being driven by another man, who was waiting a few meters away from the crime scene. They sped off towards Barangay Balibago, reports said.
The victim was brought by responding policemen to Ospital Ning Angeles but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Police recovered three empty shells of caliber .45 from the crime scene.
The city police pursue at least two angles of the case, according to Bautista. These are job related and personal grudge.
The City Police Station 3 is conducting a follow-up investigation to identify the suspect and determine the real motive on the killing, Bautista said.
Barameda was serving Councilor Joseph Dimapilis, investigators said. (Jun A. Malig and Reynaldo G. Navales)