Bike-riding gunmen kill Philippine mayor in second murder in two days

Ferdinand Bote and his driver were leaving a government office in the capital of Nueva Ecija province when gunmen approached his sports utility vehicle and shot him dead.

Published: 03rd July 2018 06:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd July 2018 06:15 PM   |  A+A-

Image used for representational purpose only.


MANILA: Motorcycle-borne gunmen on Tuesday assassinated a mayor in a town north of the Philippine capital, the second such killing of an official in two days, police said.

Ferdinand Bote, 57, became the 12th elected local official murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a deadly anti-narcotics campaign after coming to power two years ago, although Bote was not linked to the drug trade.

He and his driver were leaving a government office in the capital of Nueva Ecija province when gunmen approached his sports utility vehicle and shot him dead, said Adrian Gabriel, the town's police chief.

"He was repeatedly shot with the use of a short firearm," police said in an initial report, but the driver escaped unhurt.

Police retrieved at least 18 empty shells at the scene. The government will spare no effort in getting to the bottom of the latest crime, said Harry Roque, a spokesman for Duterte.

Also Read: Philippines city mayor who shamed drug suspects shot dead

"We assure everyone that we will discharge the state obligation for every murder," Roque said in a statement, promising a fair and thorough investigation by police to bring the perpetrators to justice.

On Monday, Antonio Halili, 72, who had gained prominence in 2016 for parading drug suspects in the streets of Tanauan, south of Manila, was hit by a bullet in the chest while attending a weekly flag-raising ceremony.

Duterte said the mayor may have had some drug involvement and his "walk of shame" campaign to parade suspects was a ploy to convince police he was not engaged in the illegal drug trade.

At Halili's wake, his daughter Angeline told reporters it was unfair to link her father to the drug trade, and said Duterte had been misinformed.

"I can't blame the president," she added. " Halili had been stripped of his supervisory powers over police in October 2017, due to a proliferation of illegal drugs in his city, amid allegations by the national police that he may have been involved.

Halili had denied the allegations. Police have killed more than 4,200 people in the anti-narcotics campaign since July 2016, with another 2,500 suspected drug suspects killed by unknown assailants over the same period.

Human rights advocates said the victims were executed by the police, who have denied the accusations, saying most of the killings were done in self-defence.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp