Armed men shot dead Universidad de Zamboanga president Arturo Eustaquio III in Zamboanga City early Sunday, police said.

Eustaquio was driving his motorcycle along Maestra Vicenta st. in Brgy. Sta Maria around 1 p.m., when one of two men on a motorcycle shot him with a caliber-.45 pistol, Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, said.

The 63-year-old Eustaquio was initially wounded and taken to the Zaec Hospital, but expired while undergoing operation, De Ocampo said.

Authorities are conducting manhunt operations against the assailants, who quickly escaped on their motorcycle, as of this writing.

Investigation is also ongoing to determine the assailants’ motive and identities, De Ocampo said. (John Roson)

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