Tawi Tawi Vice Mayor Shot Dead In Zamboanga City

IN THE past months, several local chief executives were publicly executed.

All killings remained unresolved.

Just on Wednesday, September 5, another mayor was killed. This time inside the town hall.

Ronda, Cebu Mayor Mariano Blanco III was inside the municipal mayor's office when four unidentified assailants shot him dead.

He had been staying at the town hall since he was included in the narco-list of President Rodrigo Duterte,

The four gunmen gained entry at the government hall, which was few meters from the police station, at the back door. They also pointed their firearms on the two watchmen who were told to drop on the floor.

It happened during the heavy downpour. Reports said the police heard a noise coming from the mayor’s office but could not ascertain what it was due to the rain.

Police said they are eyeing politics and grudge as the possible motives behind the killing, but they are not discounting the possibility that the attack was drug-related.

Blanco had denied the drug links.

Seven months ago, Blanco’s nephew, Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab, was killed in an ambush after attending a court hearing of his client, self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

On July 2, Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead during the weekly flag-raising ceremony at their city hall. The next day, General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote was gunned down inside his car. Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Trece Martires, Cavite was on his vehicle when assailants fired at him on July 7. Sapa-Sapa town, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al-Rasid Mohammad Alih was on his vehicle with his family when riding-in-tandem men waylaid them and shot him dead at a busy street in Zamboanga City on July 11.

Under the Duterte administration, at least 11 mayors and six vice mayors were killed.

Welcome to the new normal, the culture of impunity.

Source : https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1763134

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