Barangay tanod hurt in Apayao hacking incident

LUNA, Apayao – A 56-year old barangay tanod was injured after he was hacked by a fellow farmer while on his way home at Zumigui, here, Sunday.

Police authorities identified the victim as Dante Butay Balucon, 56, married, barangay Tanod while the suspect was named Rey Tabanda Baniel aka “Bullit”, 42, married, farmer and both residents of barangay Zumigui, Luna, Apayao.

Initial police investigation showed that the victim was walking towards their residence in the place of incident when the suspect suddenly appeared from nowhere and hacked him several times on the different parts of his body.

The victim tried to fight back that resulted to a struggle until he was able to disarm the suspect that prompted the latter to flee towards an undisclosed direction

Concerned residents rushed the victim to the Far North General Hospital and Training Center for medical treatment of the hack wound on his neck while the suspect was arrested by responding police operatives and will be charged with frustrated murder before the provincial prosecutor’s office.

By Dexter A. See

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