Police are looking at politics and personal grudge as among possible motives for the killing of Ilog, Negros Occidental, councilor Antonio Gequillana in Bacolod City the other day.

“The case is very sensitive, among the angles being looked into are politics and a personal grudge,” Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz, city police chief, said in a phone interview Thursday.

He said he formed and activated Special Investigation Task Group Gequillana shortly after the incident.

The task group, which Dela Paz himself heads, has already sought assistance from the Negros Occidental Provincial Police since the victim is an official of a town in that province.

Gequillana, 40, was shot at least five times by a still unidentified man past 10 a.m. at the parking lot of the East View Hotel, where he just had coffee.

He was brought to the Bacolod City Doctors Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician about 11 a.m.

Investigators recovered from the scene five slugs and six empty cartridges of a caliber-.45 pistol. The suspect is said to have escaped on board a motorcycle. (John Roson)

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