Barangay councilor shot dead in Biñan



CAMP PACIANO RIZAL, Laguna, Philippines—A village councilor in Biñan City, Laguna was shot dead by a still unidentified assailant on Thursday evening, police said on Friday.

Augusto Espeleta, 42, a councilor in Barangay Malaban, was onboard a motorcycle when the gunman, on another motorcycle, shot the victim from behind as they were cruising along Barangay Tagapo in adjacent Sta. Rosa City at around 8:24 p.m.

Sta. Rosa police case investigator Police Officer 2 Joseph Balmaceda said Espeleta was hit in the back but still managed to bring himself to a nearby hospital.

Espeleta, however, succumbed to his injury before midnight.

Sta. Rosa City police chief Superintendent Edwin Wagan, in a phone interview, said their investigation would more likely focus on a personal motive in the attack.

“(Espeleta) is not running (in the coming elections.) He is also not known to be a supporter of any politician (in Biñan City),” Wagan said.

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  • Bert Gozon

    The hospital may have very inadequate resources. Similar cases in U.S. or Australia or in Britain, life could be saved in that lapse of time. We are not saying it is better to be shoot or gunned down outside Sta. Rosa.

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