TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The regional police here are looking into politics as possible motive in the killing a town councilor in this city Sunday night, July 29.
In a press conference on Monday, July 30, Senior Superintendent Jose Mario Espino, commander of the Cagayan Valley regional police unit, said eye witness of the shooting incident were able to recognize the suspects.
Rizal town councilor Alfredo Alvarez, 64, was shot dead by riding-in-tandem assailants on Monday near his home San Gabriel village in Tuguegarao City.
Investigators said the assailants, who were aboard a Honda TMX 155, shot Alvarez while the latter was driving his Honda Civic car. The victim was proclaimed dead on the spot.
Police recovered 5 fired cartridge cases and 3 fired bullets of apparently for .45 caliber.
In his press conference, Superintendent Espino said witnesses recognized a certain Eloy Baloran and a certain “Jess.”
The suspects, according to the witness, are allegedly working for a politician in the same town. The incident was also reportedly caught by a CCTV.
Espino said he already ordered a manhunt operation for the arrest of the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba and Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Cagayan and ex-officio Board Member Maila Ting-Que condemned the killing of Alvarez.
Mamba said he is hoping that such killing will no longer be repeated as he urged police to finish the investigation.
Ting-Que, meanwhile, called the killing as “brutal” and “violent.” She also asked police investigators to speed up the solving of the case.