By NITZ ARANCON
FUGITIVE former Kinawe, Libona barangay chairman Tarcisio Barros surrendered to Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri yesterday morning.
Barros’s surrender came a day after the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group filed a string of cases against him, his wife and incumbent Kinawe barangay chairperson Cherry Barros, and 16 others in connection with a fierce encounter during a raid in Libona town last weekend.
The former barangay chairman fled his home at Zone 3, Kinawe, Libona at dawn Saturday when members of Task Force Oro raided his compound.
The raid resulted in an exchange of firepower, and subsequently, authorities arrested the armed group and seized high-powered firearms and an unexploded grenade inside the compound.
Camp Alagar spokesman Supt. Lemuel Gonda said Barros was accompanied by Libona Mayor Leonardo Calingasan when the fugitive surrendered to Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri. The governor then handed the former village chief to Bukidnon police director Senior Supt. Benedicto Pintor at around 10 am.
Barros was brought to Camp Alagar and then to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
CIDG deputy chief for northern Mindanao Supt. Melgar Devaras said Barros would be detained and face the court.
Barros, his wife and other arrested suspects were charged with direct assault, illegal possession of firearms and explosive before a court in Manolo Fortich town on Monday afternoon.
The suspects were also facing a seperate case for frustrated murder because three soldiers were hurt during the Saturday encounter. The soldiers are corporals Daniel Manatad, Rafael Salido and Fernando Dumpa Jr..