By Freddie Velez
SAN RAFAEL, Bulacan — If there’s any community in Central Luzon eager for this week’s release of the barangay-level narco-list by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), it might well be Barangay Mabalsbalas, here.
And the reason is because many residents here believe narco-politics might have been the root cause of the deaths of three barangay election candidates this month – Kagawad Doro Vasallo, who was killed last April 1; Barangay Captain Rodrigo “Ego” Rodriguez, Jr., killed last April 24; former barangay chief, Rodolfo “Punte” Venturina, who was gunned down last Friday.
Venturina, who served as barangay captain in the same village from 1990 to 2010, was peppered with bullets in the head at his house by two gunmen at 6:30 a.m.
Venturina died on the spot, while his wife and a helper were also hit by stray bullets,
Alarmed by the report, Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado ordered Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr., Bulacan police provincial director (PD), to conduct a thorough investigation into the killings.
The San Rafael Municipal Police Station (MPS) has not released any updates on its investigation into the cold-blooded murders.