The vice mayor of Baliguian town in Zamboanga del Norte and two others were killed in an ambush in Barangay Santa Maria, Siocon town on Saturday morning.
Vice Mayor Gani Esmali was on board his SUV when unidentified gunmen, armed with high-powered weapons, fired at him in the vicinity of Sitio Barason.
Esmali was rushed to hospital for injuries but was declared dead upon arrival. His police escort and a civilian companion were killed on site.
The gunmen fled toward's the direction of Baliguian aboard two pickups, one gray, the other black.