By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the assassination of a town councilor in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.
On December 6, after attending the Monday flag-raising ceremony, Sangguniang Bayan member Apolonio Medrano, 69, of Sarrat town was shot dead when he was about to board his vehicle.
The SB Member sustained gunshot wounds in various parts of his body. He was rushed to a local hospital but was declared dead by the attending physician.
According to witness statements obtained by investigators, the gunman, who was wearing a jacket, fled the scene using a motorcycle.
Medrano, a retired PNP intelligence officer, survived an ambush attempt on April 26, 2017.
“I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Councilor Medrano. Our investigators are exerting all effort to uncover this case. Let’s see where the evidence will lead us in this investigation. So far, it’s early to say that this is election-related,” Carlos said. (ai/mtvn)