A newly-proclaimed barangay kagawad was shot an wounded by a still unidentified gunman in Barangay Culandanum, Bataraza Tuesday morning in what the police considers as a case of election-related violence, the first such incident recorded in the province connected to the recently concluded local elections.
The Bataraza police identifed the victim as Kagawad Pillar Antaw Viscay, a resident of Culandanum. He was reportedly shot in the leg by an unidentified suspect at around 6:30 on Tuesday morning.
Bataraza police chief inspector Joseph Ivan Comising told Palawan News the incident happened while Viscay was driving home on his motorcycle after casting his vote during the elections.
“Pauwi siya (Viscay) galing sa polling place. Mga 50 meters bago niya marating ‘yong kanyang bahay, may pumutok sa bandang likuran niya, so hindi niya nakita. Naramdaman na lang niya na namanhid ‘yong kaliwang hita niya. Tapos nakita niya may dugo, na-realize niyang may tama siya at nabaril siya,” said Comising.
Viscay was immediately rushed to Sagrado Hospital in Brooke’s Point where he was treated for his bullet wound.
Comising said Viscay had just been proclaimed a kagawad of Barangay Culandanum before the shooting incident happened.