Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, chief of the Calabarzon police, was quoted in a television report as saying that politics was the motive for the slaying of Lubigan, adding that the vice mayor was not on a government narco list.
A day after Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili was felled by a sniper’s bullet in Batangas, another mayor was slain — Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija.
A report from the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office said Bote was killed in Cabanatuan City at 4:50 p.m. by unidentified men.
A mayor in the province, known as the “Duterte of Batangas,” for his relentless campaign against illegal drugs, was shot dead on Monday morning.
A single crack of gunfire from a suspected sniper was heard as Mayor Antonio Halili attended the regular flag-raising ceremony at the new city hall in Barangay Natatas.
The Australian government adopted the “Indo-Pacific” term in 2012 as a pivotal idea in its diplomacy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used the same term for the first time in August 2016 during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in Nairobi, when he unveiled a “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.”