MANILA (UPDATE) - The mayor of Los Baños, Laguna died after he was shot inside the municipal hall compound Thursday night, police said.
Investigation said Los Baños Mayor Caesar Perez just got back from a spa in Brgy. Baybayin when unidentified gunmen shot him at the back of his head at the town hall building around 8:40 p.m.
The gunmen later fled the scene.
The mayor was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead by the attending doctor around 9:25 p.m.
Perez was 66.
Last year, he was included in the Duterte administration's list of politicians with alleged links to illegal drugs.
Perez denied any involvement in the illegal drug trade and blasted the release of the list as "unfair" and politically motivated.
"Yan ay politically motivated kasi 2017 pa nag-start yang rumor na yan na ako ay kasama sa drugs so inignore ko lang yan kasi alam ko na hindi totoo yan," he told ANC in 2019.--With reports from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN news