Suspect tries to shoot Tondo kagawad but gun misfires

A suspect tried to shoot a Tondo, Manila barangay kagawad but his gun malfunctioned, Jhomer Apresto reported Sunday on 24 Oras Weekend.

The suspect who attempted to shoot the Barangay 232 kagawad on Saturday morning was seen on CCTV.

The suspect's gun did not go off even after pulling the trigger twice.

“Pagdating ko rito, nabalitaan ko na lang na iniinspeksyon ng mga isa pang kagawad na ano yung tao na suspicious looking,” said Barangay Kagawad “Obet,” who almost got fired.

(When I got here, I just heard that the other kagawads were trying to figure out what the suspicious-looking person was up to.)

“Kinausap ko at sinabihan ko na pwede siya ma-invite para makausap sa barangay, yun lang. Pagkatapos noon, medyo pasama na siya sakin, bigla siyang nag-hysterical,” he added.

(I talked to him and told him that if he could be invited to talk at the barangay office, that's all. After that, he got a bit hostile, and he suddenly became hysterical.)

Before the incident, the suspect was seen passing by the barangay hall and said he was looking for someone.


The villagers became suspicious and they also noticed that something was bulging around his waist so they tried to check.

But the suspect immediately ran but he dropped his cell phone.

A few moments later, the suspect returned to the area and questioned some residents. The villagers also suspected that he wanted to recover his cell phone.

This is when the kagawad saw him, and the suspect twice attempted to shoot him.

“Siguro pinagpala pa rin ako ng Diyos at may mahaba pa siguro akong intensyon dito sa lupa kaya hindi Niya pinabayaan yung katawan ko,” said Kagawad Obet.

(Maybe God still blessed me and maybe I still have a purpose here on earth so He protected me.)

The incident was reported to the Manila Police District for a follow-up operation, while the cell phone and the bullets that the suspect dropped were recovered by investigators.

Currently, authorities are still searching for the suspect who escaped. — Sherylin Untalan/DVM, GMA Integrated News