TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte: A local official was shot dead around 8 on Sunday evening in Calbayog City, Samar.
Declared dead at a local hospital was Carayman barangay (village) chief Edgar Belleza, 35 years old and married.
Initial investigation, according to Senior Supt. Nolaco Bathan, director of the Samar Provincial Police Office, showed that Belleza was standing in front of the house of Jesus Taduyo when he was shot by a lone gunman several times with an unknown caliber of firearm.
The victim sustained gunshot wounds in different parts of the body and was brought to Our Lady of Porziuncola Hospital in Calbayog City for medical treatment.
The victim is the brother of the former ABC president of Calbayog City, Justiniano Belleza, who was also gunned down with an Armalite rifle after attending a session at the Calbayog City Hall on May 15, 2014.
ABC is the national organization of village chiefs in the country.
Companions of the elder Belleza identified as Benido Domayan and Francisco Taduyo were also hit during the incident.
Francisco Taduyo is the elder brother of Jesus, owner of the house where the younger Belleza was shot dead on Sunday .
Last week, another Samar village chief identified as Juanito Diaz of Barangay Nagpapacao in Matuguinao was also gunned down.