Netizens on Saturday expressed their disbelief at a police account that Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed after allegedly shooting at authorities inside his own jail cell.
Espinosa and fellow inmate Raul Yap were killed inside the Baybay Provincial Jail in Leyte after engaging police in a firefight, according to authorities.
But some Twitter and Facebook users were convinced that it was "murder" and that it was only a question of who masterminded the crime.
Other users, including Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, pinned the blame on the Philippine National Police.
Another netizen questioned the need to issue a search warrant against inmates.
But if allegations that Espinosa had a gun inside his cell are true, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption said the government must probe how the mayor managed to bring firearms into the detention facility.