PNP identifies alleged mastermind behind N. Ecija mayor's slay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2018 02:19 PM

MANILA - Police have identified the man who allegedly hired gunmen to kill a town mayor in Nueva Ecija last week. 

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde confirmed this Thursday, a day after police arrested two suspects in the killing of Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio town.

The mayor was shot by unidentified gunmen on board a motorcycle on July 3 after coming from the National Irrigation Administration office in Cabanatuan City. 

Police said initial investigation showed that Bote's killing was related to business. 

His death came just a day after Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was gunned down during a flag-raising ceremony in Batangas. Within the same week, on July 7, Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Trece Martires, Cavite was also killed.

More details to follow. 

-- report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News