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Fri. Jun 18th, 2021
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Barangay cop killed over missing chicken: A tanod, barangay policeman, in Cuartero, Capiz was accused of stealing his neighbors’ chicken. The suspects? A father and son duo.


The cop, or watchman, Danilo Dela Cruz,  died of multiple gunshot wounds at the Sen. Gerardo Roxas Memorial District Hospital.

Police staged a manhunt operation against the suspects: 50-year-old Joel Felipe and 20-year-old son Santos.

“It would be better for them to surrender,” stressed Senior Inspector Vallen Delos Santos, municipal police chief.



Fisticuffs occurred  between the tanod and the Felipes when the latter confronted the drunken cop around 9:30 p.m. this past Monday, said Delos Santos.

Dela Cruz suddenly went outside his house and shouted.

This caught the attention of the father and son. Pa and son had themselves just finishing drinking in their house with a neighbor. Should not be a huge surprise that drinking was involved in all of this.

Armed with firearms, the Felipes went up to Dela Cruz and accused him of taking their missing chicken.

Minutes later, the Felipes fired at Dela Cruz several times and fled the scene.





My asawa and I had only been in the Philippines three weeks. We were beginning our retirement in paradise”.

Around 8 pm I heard a gunshot. But I brushed it off, thinking it could have been a firecracker. Firecrackers are as common in the Philippines as carabao crap on a muddy road.

An hour later, my Sainted Patient Wife said to me “Did you hear that gunshot?”

“I thought it was a firecracker.” I replied.

“No, it was a gunshot,” my spouse informed me. Our laundry lady who lives just down the road, came over to get the number of a relative, a local cop we called “The Chief”.



The laundry lady’s neighbor had fired his gun at the laundry lady’s house. The irate neighbor thought the laundry lady’s husband had stolen his dog and had eaten it. The neighbor also believed our worker’s husband had stolen his chickens, a crime akin to stealing someone’s horse back in the days of the Old West.

However, the husband had not stolen the dog or the chickens.

We didn’t hear anymore gunfire that night. Our laundry lady’s husband, unfortunately, died a couple of years later. Not from gunfire but from too much Tanduay Rhum.

Only in the Philippines.

By The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 21 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Malinois called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people over the years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

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