Suspects in village chief’s slay face raps

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte -- A murder charge was filed Wednesday against the suspect in killing reelectionist barangay captain Santiago Limpiado in Northern Samar last October 26, 2013.

Fifty-seven-year-old Limpiado, who attended a wedding reception and was about 60 meters away from his house, was shot dead at 6:30 p.m. in October 26, two days before the barangay elections.

Witnesses pointed to Gil Siervo as the alleged assailant. Siervo is Limpiado’s opponent in the race for chairman of Barangay Bantayan in San Roque town.

Siervo was with two other companions who served as look-outs during the attack, the witnesses said. San Roque is a fourth class town in the province’s second district composed of 16 villages.

Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria, director of Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO8), said that a case for murder was already filed before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Northern Samar against Gil Siervo and two John Does. The case is docketed under NPS number VIII-11-INV-13J-00206 dated October 30, 2013, Soria said.

Limpiado succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the abdomen and died two hours later while undergoing medical at the Catarman Doctor’s Hospital (CDH).

Soria ordered manhunt operations against Siervo and his two cohorts.

Despite of the incident, the elections in said village proceeded with the victim’s spouse Aurora, who replaced the slain leader, winning the village chair post. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)
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