Ex- Pandi vice mayor slain by lone gunman

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A FORMER vice mayor of Pandi town in Bulacan was shot dead by a lone gunman, who stopped him in a remote village on his way home from his farm on Monday.

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The victim, 61-year-old Roberto “Ruben” Rivera of Barangay Bunsuran 3rd, was on his way home on board his Nissan pickup (UHU-942) from his farm in Barangay Bagbaguin at about 6:30 p.m. when the suspect stopped him in Barangay Manatal.

Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat, Bulacan Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, said that upon blocking the victim’s vehicle, the armed suspect opened the passenger seat door and fired several shots at Rivera.

Witnesses said the gunman fled on board a passing tricycle he flagged down following the shooting.

Rivera, who owns a swine business, sustained three gunshot wounds in the head and the body. He was declared dead on arrival at a hospital in Santa Maria town.

He served as vice mayor of Pandi town in 1992 and was reelected in 1995.

Police added that Rivera is not running for any political seat in the May 9 elections.

Chief Insp. Victor Bernabe of the Pandi Municipal Police Station said a manhunt operation against the lone assailant was immediately launched while investigation is ongoing.

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