A Philippine mayor identified for parading suspected drug sellers in public was shot and killed Monday throughout an outside ceremony.
Panicked staff with the town of Tanauan, positioned south of Manila, ran for canopy after Mayor Antonio Halili was hit within the chest by a single gunshot as he was main the employees within the nationwide anthem throughout a flag-raising ceremony. Mayor Halili was later pronounced useless at an area hospital.
Police have begun a manhunt for the assailant.
Halili gained notoriety for making drug suspects endure a “stroll of disgrace” by means of the streets of Tanauan, and in contrast his actions to President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal crackdown on illicit drug trafficking. However the mayor himself was finally accused of drug trafficking, and was stripped of management of the police division. Halili denied the allegations.
As many as four,000 folks have been killed since President Duterte launched his anti-drug marketing campaign shortly after taking workplace in 2016. Human rights activists say Duterte’s vow to kill hundreds of illicit drug sellers have led police to hold out extrajudicial killings of suspected sellers and customers.
Police have denied the costs, insisting they solely shot armed suspects in self-defense throughout reliable anti-drug raids.