A man running for councilor died after being shot by still unidentified gunmen at his home in San Fernando City, La Union, on Sunday night, police said.

Danilo Nisperos Sr., 59, died at the Bethany Hospital while he was undergoing treatment for bullet wounds, Ilocos regional police spokesman Supt. Jovencio Badua said.

The incident occurred around 7:57 p.m. at Nisperos’ home in Purok 7, Brgy. Bangcusay.

Found at the scene were five spent shells and five slugs from a still unidentified type of firearm, Badua said.

Nisperos had filed his candidacy for a seat in the city council, the regional police spokesman said.

Nisperos was running under the banner of the National Unity Party, according to the Commission on Elections’ list of candidates.

Investigators have yet to determine identities of the assailants, who were seen fleeing towards the diversion road in Brgy. Biday on a motorcycle, Badua said.

Local police have already sent “flash alarms” to authorities in neighboring towns in hope to locate the assailants, he added.

Last November, Interior and Local Secretary Mar Roxas identified La Union as among 15 provinces placed in a “watch list” for election-related violence.

Nisperos’ death also came on the heels of separate shooting incidents that left one mayoralty candidate dead and another injured this month in Ilocos Norte, which belongs to the same region as La Union. (John Roson)

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