By Marie Tonette Grace Marticio
MERCEDES, Eastern Samar — A municipal councilor was shot dead while attending a prayer service in Brgy. Sung-an here before dawn Saturday.
Guiaan town councilor Antonio Abris, 45, was gunned down at around 12:40a.m.
Initial investigation showed that that Abris was seated when a still unidentified gunman approached him from behind and shot him on the head.
The assailant immediately fled after the incident, while the victim was rushed to Polymedic Hospital in Guiuan, where he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Eastern Visayas regional police information officer Supt. Bella Rentuaya said that further investigation and pursuit operations againast the killer are ongoing.