Authorities conduct investigation at the crime scene where Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali of Tawi-Tawi was gunned down by riding in tandem criminals on Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2018 in Governor Alvarez Street, Barangay Zone 3 in Zamboanga City. (COURTESY: Melanie Guanzon)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali of Tawi-Tawi was declared dead on arrival at Zamboanga Doctors Hospital on Wednesday (July 11) after he was shot by a riding-in-tandem.
Based on initial investigation, the Vice Mayor just departed from a meeting together with his wife, his son and a police escort when an unidentified suspect shot him at the intersection along Governor Alvarez Street, Barangay Zone 3 in Zamboanga City.
“While they are on stop, one person just casually walked at the right side of the car then pagtapat doon sa kung saan nakaupo si Vice Mayor binaril niya. Then after na nabaril niya, umikot lang siya and then he went on the other side of the road and then may dumaan na motorcycle doon siya sumakay,” said PSSupt. Alan Nazarro, Director or Zamboanga City Police Office.
The Vice Mayor suffered from three gunshot wounds that eventually led to his death. His family members and other companions survived the incident though they refused to give a statement.
Authorities, meanwhile, recovered four empty shells of .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.
Police confirmed that the Vice Mayor has been receiving threats in the past months.
“May sinasabi daw siya na may threat siya but hindi man daw niya sinabi kung kanino galling, saan galing ang threat na iyon. Basta sinasabi daw niya may threat siya so iyon pa ang tinitingnan pa naming,” Nazarro added.
The Zamboanga City Police Office said they have no reports about the Vice Mayor’s involvement in corruption or in illegal drugs trade but the local official is highly expected to run for the mayoralty race in the 2019 Midterm elections. – Dante Amento / Marje Pelayo
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