The mayor of Clarin town in Occidental Mindoro was killed in an ambush on Friday in Cebu City.
Mayor David Navarro succumbed to multiple gunshots, while his five police bodyguards sustained minor gunshot wounds.
The victims were aboard a Mahindra Police Patrol car when it was blocked by a van, the plate number of which is still unknown, at about 2 p.m. in Barangay Guadalupe.
The motive of the murder is still unclear, but initial investigation showed that Navarro had a spat inside a spa outlet where the mayor allegedly mauled a male attendant and molested a female attendant.
Cebu City Police Station 2 Commander Maj. Eduard Sanchez said Navarro was seated at the back portion of the Mahindra and was on his way to the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office. The gunmen’s car blocked and assaulted the Mahindra upon reaching M. Velez Street.
Sanchez reported that he was with the spa attendants on another police vehicle on their way to file charges of physical injury, usurpation of authority and acts of lasciviousness against Navarro before the City Prosecutor’s Office when he learned of the ambush incident involving the mayor.
Navarro arrived in Cebu City on Tuesday to attend a seminar together with his town’s Sangguniang Bayan (City Council) members.
A document obtained by The Manila Times revealed that Navarro was affiliated with the Parojinog and Francisco Group and was facing robbery charges. The document also revealed that Navarro was a member of the Kuratong Baleleng and the Martilyo Gangs.
When asked about the background of Navarro, Sanchez said they have yet to confirm the details of the said document.
He said Navarro was drunk when he went to a spa in a hotel in uptown Cebu at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
“He (Navarro) asked for a female massage attendant and was angry that a male spa attendant handled him [instead]. So, he punched the male spa attendant’s stomach. He requested for special service and asked a female spa attendant to masturbate his genitalia, but the female spa attendant refused,” Sanchez told The Times in Visayan.