Kagawad, farm caretaker abducted in Ecija

CABANATUAN City -- A barangay councilor and his farm caretaker were allegedly abducted by six still unidentified armed men onboard a Toyota Innova van in Bgy. Cambitala, Pantabangan on Thursday.

Police identified those abducted as barangay councilor Eduardo del Rosario, alias Edong, 61, of Bgy. San Ricardo, Talavera, and farm caretaker Cayetano Costales, 51, of Bgy. Cambitala, Pantabangan.

Costales’ wife Aurora told police that six men alighted from a plateless brown Toyota Innova and forcibly took Del Rosario and her husband.

The alleged abduction was reported to the police by Arlene Joy Naco, of San Ricardo, Talavera around 1:30 p.m.

Lt. Col. Kevin Balayungan, Nueva Ecija deputy provincial director for operation said they are looking if the abduction incident was related to the killing of barangay San Ricardo captain Arniel Bernardo, 61, who was murdered by still unidentified men while on a bicycle on the night of June 16, or four days prior to last Thursday’s abduction.

He said they are checking the possible motives behind the Bernardo slaying and the the abduction incident.