The acting principal of an elementary school supervised by the Mindanao State University (MSU) died after being shot outside a church in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, Tuesday night, police said.

Ponchita Francisco, acting principal of the Laboratory Elementary School, succumbed to a bullet wound on the head, Senior Supt. Rodelio Jocson, Tawi-Tawi Provincial Police director, said.

The incident occurred around 6:20 p.m., just outside the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish.

Francisco, 62, had just come out of the church and was waiting for a ride when a man on a motorcycle passed by and shot her “point blank,” Jocson said in a phone interview.

“Parang planado ‘yung pagbaril, kasi eksakto na paglabas niya (Francisco) sa simbahan,” the police official said, adding that the area was dark that time because of a “rotational” power outage.

Investigators believe that the killing had something to do with Francisco’s position at the school, Jocson said. (John Roson)

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