A barangay chairman died after being shot by a still unidentified assailant in Cabatuan, Iloilo, early Monday, police said.

Felix Muel Jr., chairman of Brgy. Pamuringao Proper, succumbed to bullet wounds that went from the neck through the forehead, and from the back of the head through the left side, Senior Supt. Gil Lebin, Iloilo Provincial Police director, said.

The shooting occurred around 1:45 a.m., shortly after Muel left the village’s basketball court where he led the awarding ceremony for the local league, Lebin said in his report.

Muel was about to board his Mitsubishi L-300 van (FDT-706) when he was shot.

The village chief’s son Stanley, who was inside the van, had just opened the door when gunshots rang, Lebin said.

After seeing his father fall down the pavement, Stanley brought the former to the Tabiana Memorial District Hospital, but the elder Muel was declared dead by doctors.

Authorities are still trying to determine the assailant’s identity and motive as of this writing. (John Roson)

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