POLICE are looking into a dismissed murder case as a possible motive in the killing of a Pasay City councillor at a mall in Las Pinas on Saturday night, an official said Sunday.
“There’s a possible motive like that. That will be part of our investigation,” Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario, director of the Southern Police District (SPD), said.
Borbie Rivera, who was also president of the Liga ng mga Barangay in Pasay, was gunned down at about 8:30 p.m. on a parking area near one of the SM Southmall exits.
Police reports said a man approached the Pasay official, who was on his wheelchair, and shot him several times.
The suspect escaped aboard a motorcycle. The gunshots caused a commotion inside the mall as some mall goers thought that there was a terror attack.
Rivera and a policeman were tagged in the killing of racecar driver Enzo Pastor in 2014.
A certain Alvin Nidua, a self-confessed killer-for-hire, said he was contracted initially by Rivera but refused the assignment because the payment offered to him “was too small”.
Apolinario said the case against Rivera in the killing of Pastor was eventually dismissed.
Apolinario said Rivera started to receive death threats after this.
Rivera was also arrested in 2015 because of his alleged involvement in a shooting incident in Makati City that left one dead and nine injured but he was released in 2016 after the court dismissed his case.
He also survived an ambush in Pasay City in June.