A day after Halili’s killing, Nueva Ecija town mayor Bote shot dead
By Xave Gregorio
Another local executive was gunned down Tuesday afternoon just a day after the assassination of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili.
General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote, was shot dead in an ambush around 4:30 p.m. as he was exiting a local National Irrigation Authority (NIA) office compound in his vehicle, NIA manager Rose Bote told DZMM.
“‘Yun po nabalitaan na lang po namin, mga nagsabi po sa mga empleyado na si Mayor Bote daw ‘yung nabaril doon sa labas na po ng opisina, doon sa highway na papalabas na po,” the female official, who is not related to the mayor, said.
She said Bote was killed by a man wearing black who opened fire near the mayor’s vehicle.
The mayor was rushed to a nearby hospital, but did not survive.
“Ang sabi po eh wala na po siya (Mayor Bote,)” Rose Bote said.
But a relative of the mayor, who refused to be named for security reasons, did not want to confirm if he has died.
“We cannot say po na hindi na po siya buhay, but as far as… may mga balita po na hindi na po siya buhay. Pero I’m hoping po na hindi po ‘yun totoo po,”. Alyas Amang said in a separate DZMM interview.
He added that he sees no possible motive behind the slay of the mayor, who he said did not have any enemies when he was alive.
“Mabait po talagang tao ‘yan. Wala pong nababangga dito kahit sa anumang isyu, wala pong nagiging kabantaan po at nagiging threat sa kanyang buhay,” he said.
Mayor Bote was a member of the ruling party PDP-Laban, Senator Koko Pimentel confirmed to Senate reporters.
“Masakit na balita ‘yan. Nakakalungkot,” PImentel said.
He was elected for the first time as mayor in 2016, succeeding his cousin, former Mayor Virgilio Bote, who he served under as vice mayor from 2010 until 2016.
On Monday morning at a flag ceremony at the city hall, Halili, famous for conducting a “walk of shame” of drug suspects, was shot dead.
While the Malacañang hailed Halili as an ally of the government in the drug war, President Rodrigo Duterte said his walk of shame is a mere front to cover up his supposed links to the drug trade.
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