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Ex-Ecija councilor shot dead

CABANATUAN CITY—A 46-year-old former municipal councilor was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Quezon, Nueva Ecija Monday night, police reported. Senior Supt. Manuel Cornel, provincial police director, identified the slain former councilor as Daniel Lonzanida of Barangay Bertese, Quezon.

Lonzanida, an ally of Mayor Dean Joson under the Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija, was elected town councilor of Quezon in 2010 but lost in his reelection bid in 2013.

He died on the spot after sustaining six bullet wounds, two of them piercing his head.

The motive for the attack has yet to be established.

The attack was staged by the gunmen at around 6:30 p.m. Monday along the provincial road in Purok 2, Bertese.

PO2 Rodelio Rivera, investigator of the Quezon police, said the victim was walking on said road when two men, aboard a Suzuki smash motorcycle, briefly chatted with him.

Afterwards, two more men riding in a black Honda motorcycle arrived; one of them fired at Lonzanida at point-blank range.

As Lonzanida was slumped on the pavement, the gunmen fled east.

The Suzuki motorcycle, bearing license plate 1229-QG, was later found abandoned beside an irrigation canal some 800 meters from the crime scene.

Police recovered empty shells from a .45 cal. revolver.

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