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Village chief, 2 others in cop’s murder nabbed

Rivalry in local politics may have prompted the killing of a policeman in Pasay City Friday – a motive the police are looking into at present.

As this developed, three suspects – including a barangay chairman – have been arrested in the killing of PO3 Rafael Sibungan. They were presented to newsmen by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday.

Sibungan, who was assigned at the PNP PRO-ARMM (Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), had recently returned to his home in Pasay when he was shot.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde identified the primary suspect as Norman Yrad, 19, a resident of #1772 Tramo St. Brgy. 46, Zone 6 Pasay City. Yrad was arrested in an operation based on the description given by the eyewitness.

Albayalde said Yrad in turn identified Anthony Jay Monsalve a.k.a. Pater, 33, and Barangay 46, Zone 6 chairman Nestor Advincula as the masterminds behind the killing.

“(He) also confessed that chairman Advincula instructed him to kill PO3 Sibungan in exchange for P20,000. The Pasay police conducted continuous follow up operation on the same date that eventually resulted in the arrest of Monsalve and Advincula,” Albayalde told reporters.

Southern Police District head Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario said Sibungan had been complaining of drug personalities being protected by barangay officials.

Apolinario also said one of the victim’s children ran for chairman against Advincula in the recent barangay polls but lost.#