The scene of the crime along Purok Paloma, Barangay 16 where village chief Nelson Ligaya Jr. was shot dead on Saturday night in Bacolod City. (Photo courtesy of Radyo Bandera Sweet FM Bacolod)
BACOLOD CITY -- The Bacolod City police has formed a special investigation task group to probe the murder of a village chief who was shot to death by motorcycle-riding assailants in this city past 9 p.m. on Saturday night.
The victim, Nelson Ligaya Jr., 48, was on his third term as barangay captain of Barangay 16.
Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana, public information officer of Bacolod City Police Office, said in a press briefing Sunday that the task group will lead the investigation on the murder of Ligaya.
Gabana said Ligaya was having a drinking session in a roadside joint in Purok Paloma when the gunman, who was on a motorcycle with another person, fired at him.
Two more persons on a motorcycle were waiting in the nearby intersection and also fired shots into the air.
He said the assailants then exited along Yulo Street going to the south.
Ligaya was brought to Bacolod Adventist Medical Center where he was declared dead.
Gabana said investigators are coordinating with the victim’s family to request for the conduct of the autopsy.
Initial investigation is focusing on the possibility that the murder could be related to the debt incurred by the late village chief, he added.
However, he said more angles will be explored once investigators will be able to talk to the victim’s kin.
Gabana said Ligaya’s death is not considered drug-related since it has been validated by the police that the village chief is not involved in illegal drugs.
“Even the residents of Barangay 16 and those who know him have not mentioned that the victim is involved in illegal drugs. He does not even belong to the drugs watchlist,” he added.
Gabana said Ligaya was actually active in the campaign against drugs through the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council.
“Investigation is ongoing. The debt angle is considered since it is dominant for now. Other possible angles are being validated by investigators. The SITG was formed to help speed up the resolution of the case,” he said. (PNA)