A mayoral candidate in North Cotabato town was shot dead as he stopped for gas in a village in Wao town, Lanao del Sur, on Thursday afternoon.
Former Banisilan town mayor, Floro Gonzales Allado, 55 years old, was traveling alone despite having received death threats. Allado was running as an independent candidate against his sister-in-law Betty Allado, the current mayor.
Banisilan police chief Senior Inspector Jojie Barotas said Allado was at the MMJ4 gas station in Sitio Kapigis, Barangay Eastern when a man wearing a bonnet and black cap fired shots, grazing him on the left side of the face.
Although wounded, Allado managed to run toward a creek beside the gas station and jumped about 7 feet down, landing on the rice paddies.
Giving chase, the gunman fired more shots.
Allado then crumpled down, seemingly dead, about 120 meters from the gasoline station. His attacker fired two final shots at close range.
The gunman fled on board a motorbike driven by a companion who acted as a look out.
A police statement given The Manila Times said Allado was travelling unescorted to Cagayan de Oro City via Wao, Lanao del Sur, an isolated town of the Maranao province.
Barotas said Allado have been receiving death threats but still opted to travel without bodyguards.
Investigators are considering several motives for Allado’s murder, including personal grudge or it being election related to his candidacy.
Allado had previously survived a grenade attack on his home last year; in which his two cousins were killed that Allado blamed on his political enemies.
In 2006, Allado was charged with multiple murder for the death of five Maguindanao civilians and the serious injury of two others.
He was personally turned over by former North Cotabato Gov. Emmanuel Pinol to Amas Provincial Jail in Kidapawan City following the formal filing of charges that were eventually dismissed by the court.
Meanwhile, North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño Mendoza condemned Allado’s killing and instructed Police Province Director Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum to help in the early solution of the crime.