UNIDENTIFIED suspects shot dead a former mayor of a town in Apayao, while drinking with friends inside a restaurant in Poblacion West, Flora, Apayao on Tuesday night.
The victim was identified as former Flora Mayor Richard de San Jose.
Reports reaching Camp Crame showed that the victim was drinking with his friends when the suspects arrived and suddenly shot the victim at close range.
According to some witnesses, two suspects in camouflage outfits approached De San Jose and suddenly shot him in the back.
After the incident, the suspect fled towards an unknown direction while the victim was rushed to Flora District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physician.
Record showed that De San Jose also served as vice mayor of the town. He was an indigenous people representative in the town’s Sangguniang Bayan at the time of his death.
Authorities are now conducting follow-up investigation in the incident.