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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 5, 2019
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Barangay head dies


Barangay Captain Erwin Arela of Brgy. 16, Bacolod City, succumbed to cardiac arrest Wednesday morning.

He was replaced by number two Kagawad Joseph de los Santos.

Arela took over from Nelson Ligaya as barangay captain of Brgy. 16 after the former was shot dead on Dec. 1, 2018 in the barangay.

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod passed a resolution Wednesday expressing its deepest sympathy to the family of Arela.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said he was shocked to hear about Arela's passing away since he last saw him on June 24.

Familiaran said Arela must have been stressed by the work in his barangay that he had to execute such as the demolition of illegal structures and illegal parking of trisikads that had earlier caught the attention of the President.

He condoled with the family of Arela and said he hopes that De los Santos will do his best in managing the affairs of the barangay.

Councilor Lady Gles Pallen, Liga ng mga Barangay president, said all the barangay captains and members of the Liga are saddened by the loss of another village head.

Pallen said Arela had undergone a heart bypass in Manila. He was not able to attend the inauguration of the newly elected city officials on July 1 because he had to have a check up again this week.

She was informed that Arela was on his way to Bacolod when he suffered a heart attack at the airport, Pallen said.

Pallen said Arela was like a father to her in the Liga being the second oldest among the barangay captains of Bacolod. He was a good man and he always attended all their meetings and seminars.

She is saddened that they have lost a hard working barangay captain, she added.*


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