Curfew violator with mental illness shot dead by barangay tanod in Tondo

MANILA, Philippines – A village guard (barangay tanod) in Tondo, Manila is facing charges for allegedly killing a 59-year-old curfew violator suffering from mental illness on Saturday, August 7 amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Based on the report of the Manila Police District (MPD), the victim identified as Eduardo Geñoga was shot dead along Tayuman Street by Cesar Panlaqui, a 55-year-old tanod in Barangay 156.

Curfew violator with mental illness shot dead

In a report by GMA’s Unang Hirit, Panlaqui approached Geñoga as he was making a lot of noise during curfew hours. Geñoga was reported to be slamming doors and gates in the area. Geñoga then approached Panlaqui with a stick prompting the latter to shoot the victim on the chest.

"Pinapalo niya 'yong mga pinto, 'yong mga gate. 'Yung yung mga resident eh, natutulog na. Sinigawan ko siya, 'Hoy, mali 'ung ginagawa mo,' sabi ko sa kanya. Ayon hinabol niya ako," Panlaqui told GMA News.

The suspect, who claimed he was carrying a gun because of the presence of goons in the area, said he only intended to scare the victim.

Police recovered an unlicensed firearm with no serial number. Panlaqui has since been arrested by the MPD.

Village guards are prohibited from carrying guns during operations under the law.

Following the incident, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) then announced that a probe is underway. DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said they will not tolerate possible abuse.

“Iniimbestigahan na po natin ang report na ito. Ang Philippine National Police ay inatasan na po ni Secretary Eduardo Año upang alamin ang puno't dulo nito,” Malaya said.

Aside from Geñoga, at least three curfew violators were killed by law enforcers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces during the implementation of ECQ and modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) last March to April 2021.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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