The Straits Times
Published on Oct 28, 2012

Town mayor shot dead in Philippines


MANILA (AFP) - A town mayor belonging to Philippine President Benigno Aquino's political party has been shot dead by unidentified attackers, police said today.

Raul Matamorosa, mayor of Lupi town in the eastern region of Bicol, was having a television repaired in a shop when he was shot in the head by a man accompanied by two accomplices yesterday, police said.

Mr Matamorosa, a member of Aquino's Liberal Party, was rushed to hospital where he later died.

Police said the motive for the killing was still unknown, although revenge killings linked to politics are common in the Philippines.