An ex-village chairman in Silay City, Negros Occidental has been given more than 200 years in prison for killing his four colleagues and wounding three others in 2011.
Silay Judge Felipe Banzon handed down the sentence to Noel Ayalin, former village chief of Kapitan Roman.
Ayalin was found guilty of four counts of murder and frustrated murder for his part in the killings. He was also ordered to pay 1.8 million pesos for civil, moral and exemplary damages.
The court showed that Ayalin barged in on a barangay council meeting with a .45 calibre pistol and shot the seven victims.
Village councilmen Luzviminda Cotamen, Pedrito Orocio and Freddie Juno, and Sangguniang Kabataan chairman Imee Occeña died at the scene while Ramon Celebre, who succeeded Ayalin, Salvacion Corugda and barangay treasurer Leni Llorca were wounded in the attack.
Ayalin, tagged as Western Visayas’ most wanted man, was captured in Iba, Zambales in May of 2014 after hiding for almost three years.