MANILA - Investigators are looking into the criminal record of Pasay City Councilor Borbie Rivera to determine the possible motive in his fatal shooting outside a mall in Las Piñas, the Southern Police District (SPD) said Sunday.
SPD director Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario told radio DZMM said they are investigating whether Rivera could be tied to the illicit drug trade based on police records.
Rivera was once tagged by professed contract killer Alvin Nidua in the murder of race car driver Enzo Pastor.
Nidua issued a sworn statement in 2014 that Rivera and a police officer contacted him with an offer for Pastor's murder. He said he refused to do the hit job because the pay was too small.
In 2015, Rivera was arrested due to his alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting that left one man dead and 9 others wounded in Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati.
Rivera, who was then chairman of Pasay's Barangay 112, was released in April 2016 after the court junked the case.
Last June, he survived an ambush in Pasay City.
On Saturday night, Rivera was shot dead outside SM Southmall in Las Piñas.
Police said a man approached Rivera while he was waiting in his wheelchair near the parking lot, and shot him several times.
The unidentified gunman escaped after Rivera's bodyguards retaliated.
Mallgoers meanwhile rushed out of the establishment after hearing the gunshots, according to social media users.
SM management meanwhile declared the mall safe to be re-opened.
"The Mall is back to normal operations. A joint investigation with the PNP is currently ongoing," their statement added. -- With Ron Lopez, DZMM