‘Tanod’ enforcing ECQ sued for murder for shooting scavenger

The Manila police have filed murder charges against a “barangay tanod” (village watchman) over the death of a 59-year-old scavenger whom he caught roaming the streets on Saturday night, as a new lockdown on Metro Manila to help contain the spread of COVID-19 was in effect.

The Manila Police District said the watchman, Cesar Panlaqui, 55, of Barangay 156 in the district of Tondo, shot and killed Eduardo Geñoga amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the capital region.

As shown by a security camera where the shooting took place, the two men were arguing when Geñoga started brandishing a meter stick. Geñoga also had three “toy guns” slung on his back.

The police later explained that Geñoga was suffering from mental illness.

Panlaqui drew and fired his gun but the weapon jammed the first time.

As Geñoga walked away, Panlaqui shot him. Geñoga died instantly.

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