In a new wave of violence in Philippines, motorcycle-borne gunmen on Tuesday assassinated a mayor in a town north of Manila.
It is the second such killing of an official in two days after a yet-to-be identified assassin killed Mayor Antonio Halili in southern Manila Monday.
CCTV footage of the reported assassination taken from the exit of a government office posted on Youtube by Manila-based news site Rappler shows two assailants clad in dark outfit approaching the local executive’s vehicle from either side before unloading bullets into it.
He and his driver were leaving a government office in the capital of Nueva Ecija province when gunmen approached his sport utility vehicle and shot him dead, said Adrian Gabriel, the town’s police chief.
“He was repeatedly shot with the use of a short firearm,” police said, adding that the driver escaped unhurt.
Watch a clip of the assassination below.
Ferdinand Bote, 57, became the 12th elected local official murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a deadly anti-narcotics campaign after coming to power two years ago, although Bote was not linked to the drug trade.
The government will spare no effort in getting to the bottom of the latest crime, said Harry Roque, a spokesman for Duterte.
“We assure everyone that we will discharge the state obligation for every murder,” Roque said in a statement.