A BARANGAY secretary was shot dead by members of suspected the New People's Army's Special Armed Partisan Unit (Sparu) after allegedly snubbing a meeting with Leoncio Pitao, alias Kumander Parago, on Monday.

The victim, identified as Virgilio Braceros, barangay secretary of Barangay Pandaitan, was shot dead while crossing a river at Sitio Tibungol, barangay Pandaitan, Paquibato district, Davao City at around 5 p.m. Monday.

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PO2 Rufino Hernandez, duty investigator of the Paquibato Police Station, in his spot report said that the victim was shot by members of the Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) 1 led by Parago.

Based on initial investigation, the rebel group was angered when Braceros refused to meet with Parago last week. The group was waiting for provisions and stayed in the village for the week.

Residents told police that the group called all barangay officials to do a "loyalty check".

The military has launched hot pursuit operations against the group of Parago. (AD)