Three motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed a New Zealander in Naval, Biliran, early this morning (Wednesday, July 26).
Following the killing of Simon Rawlinson, aged 63, city mayor Gerard Espina supplied a bounty of 80,000 to trace down the killers.
As of at present, he says that two have already been apprehended, whereas one stays at massive. Writing on his Facebook web page, he mentioned: “Caught the gunman with the alleged murder weapon. Two down, one more to go. The driver left. I’ll be late. Just wait.”
The alleged lookout has been named as Manuelito Estreller and the gunman as Antonio Rubaro.
Mr Rawlinson lived at Barangay Bato in Maripipi.
There is no identified motive for the killing, however — suggestively — the mayor additionally wrote on Facebook: “Its early to inform if this is associated to the variety of reported incidences which concerned the gunned particular person in Maripipi.
“Let’s suspend our speculations. Once we have apprehended the gunmen, we will know the whole story.”
The killing is the third capturing of a foreigner by gunmen driving in tandem on the Eastern Visayan island in recent times.
In June final 12 months we reported how 74-year-old Henk Nuits, a Dutch businessman, was shot dead by a pillion rider. His 11-year-old son, Jake Henry, was shot in the chest however survived.
Then, in March this 12 months, former US Marine Harvey Abrams was additionally shot by motorcycle-riding assassins.
In each these earlier killings the victims had been driving their very own automobiles when focused, whereas Mr Rawlinson was on foot.
Biliran is one of many smallest provinces of the Philippines, with a inhabitants of about 170,000.