Police authorities on Sunday said they are studying whether illegal drugs may have been behind the killing of a former councilor of Malabon City (Metro Manila) on Saturday night.
Witnesses had told the police that Eddie Nolasco, 62, was shot dead by at least six assailants at a birthday party of a friend in Barangay Potrero around 9 p.m.
The police said Nolasco fell down on the pavement after sustaining gunshot wounds in the nape.
The gunmen also shot and injured Nolasco’s friends Ding Sotto, Michael Santos and Kid Ng, who were brought to the nearest hospital after the incident.
Danny Dadula, a member of Nolasco’s staff, said the victim’s three friends were only shot because they threw plastic chairs at the suspects in an apparent attempt to stop them from shooting the former councilor.
Dadula said had assisted in evacuating several families who were trapped in their houses by sudden flooding before going to the birthday party.
He added that “politics” could be behind the killing of the councilor because he was planning to run in the barangay (village) elections this October.
Dadula said Nolasco was never involved in illegal drugs.
The victim had served as city councilor for nine years before he became Potrero village captain.
When he was the barangay chief, Nolasco went into hiding after he was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 2014.
Along with a certain Karen Mawac, he was charged with violation of the anti-human trafficking law for the alleged rape.
Mawac allegedly helped Nolasco convince the girl to have sex with the former councilor in exchange for P1,000.