Philippines Mayor Shot Dead By Sniper

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
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A controversial mayor in the Philippines has been shot dead during a flag-raising ceremony.

Antonio Halili was shot in the chest as he sang the national anthem outside the town hall of Tanauan, south of Manila.

Footage showed bystanders screaming and running away after the shooting, report the BBC and CNN.

Halili, who paraded drug suspects through the streets, was known for his hardline position on drugs. But he was also accused of protecting drug traffickers – something he denied.

The shooter was able to escape, and no suspects have been identified yet.

Local police chief Renato Mercado told AFP the shooter had opened fire from about 150m (490ft) away.

89The distance from the position was extraordinary. It could not be done by an ordinary person. His skill can be compared to a trained sniper

The mayor's security returned fire, according to state media Philippines News Agency (PNA), causing panic as government officials and staff ran for cover.

Gerry Laresma, the government employee who shot the video, told PNA it wasn't clear where the shot had originated. He said Halili had received death threats because of his strong anti-crime push.

111right in the middle of his chest112

Image credit: AFP

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