By Danny J. Estacio
Sariaya, Quezon — A “kagawad” (village councilman) who was seeking reelection in Barangay Sampaloc, here, was gunned down by assailants riding-in-tandem on a motorcycle in Sitio Manalo yesterday morning.
Police said the killing of Aristeo Ilao, 55, at his house at 9 a.m. may be the first casualty of the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections 2018 (BSKE2018).
Police have stopped short of directly connecting the murder to the polls, pending their investigation.
Probers said the councilman was inside his house when the assailants arrived and shot him at least once in the head.
Ilao died on the spot and the gunmen quickly fled the scene on yellow-and-black motorcycle headed in the direction of Maharlika Highway.