Village councilor shot dead in Malabon; gov’t offers PHP200K reward for tips on suspect

Dante Sih’s dead body lies at a street in Panghulo, Malabon. Photo: Vincent Go/ABS-CBN News
Dante Sih’s dead body lies at a street in Panghulo, Malabon. Photo: Vincent Go/ABS-CBN News

A village councilor in Malabon, Metro Manila has been shot dead by a still unidentified assailant.

Dante Sih, 53, was killed as he was about to ride his parked motorcycle at a wet market in the village of Panghulo in Malabon, reported Remate.

Sih, who worked as a village councilor in Panghulo, died from one gunshot wound in the head, reported ABS-CBN News. The same report said that the gunman simply walked away from Sih after killing him.

Before leaving Sih however, the assailant reportedly left a note at the crime scene, which accused the victim of engaging in the illegal drug trade, reported The Philippine Daily Inquirer. The authorities suspect that the killer is a member of a group called Armadong Rebolusyong Manggagawa (Armed Revolutionary Workers).

The incident was not captured by the CCTV cameras that were installed near the area.

Meanwhile, Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta III announced today that the city government is offering PHP200,000 (US$3,852) to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest of Sih’s killer, The Inquirer said.

Oreta said in Filipino that they are offering the reward because they want to find the truth behind the crime.

“Everyone can be assured that the local government will work to give justice for the violent death of one of those who helped me serve Malabon,” he said.

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