Cagayan town councilor shot dead

By Villamor Visaya, Jr.

May 25, 2018, 9:50 pm

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- A 58-year-old councilor in Allacapan town was shot dead by one of two motorcycle-riding gunmen at the family-owned vulcanizing and repair shop in Labben, Allacapan, Cagayan late afternoon Thursday, police said.

Killed was Zaldy Mallari, 58, a first-term councilor since 2016.

Mallari suffered head and body wounds that caused his instant death.

The gunmen allegedly casually left with an unlicensed motorcycle after killing Mallari.

Police investigators have been eyeing either a personal angle or a work-related motive in the killing.

Police Supt. Warren Tolito, Cagayan Police director, said they received reports that the New People’s Army sent text messages claiming responsibility for the killing due to Mallari’s alleged landgrabbing and spying for the government.

Mallari was also shot by a gunman a few years ago but he survived the attack. (PNA)