Google map of Lebak municipality, Sultan Kudarat.

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat – Authorities have launched a manhunt against motorcycle-riding gunmen who shot dead a village chairperson in Lebak town Thursday evening.

Lt. Col. Julius Malcontento, Lebak police station chief, said Friday soldiers are helping the local police in pursuing the attackers of Rogelio Talagtag, 53, chairperson of Barangay Basak.

Talagtag was standing in front of his family-owned variety store in Barangay Basak when two men aboard a motorbike arrived at about 6 p.m. and shot him.

“One of them alighted and fired at the unsuspecting village official in the head and body, killing him instantly,” Malcontento said, citing police investigation.

The perpetrators sped off in an unknown direction after the incident, he added.

Responding police officers found eight empty shells and a slug for a .45-caliber pistol at the crime scene.

Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg, Police Regional Office 12 (Soccsksargen) director, has ordered the Lebak police to intensify the manhunt against the perpetrators and ensure that they are held accountable for the crime. (PNA)