VIEW FROM THE TOP: How Tanauan mayor was shot
Police reenacted on Thursday the assassination of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili last Monday.
The gunman hid in a grassy area, a vantage point that was 4 meters high, with an aerial distance of 78.6 meters from his target, said Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, head of the Calabarzon police.
"Talagang easy target ka d'yan (You would have been an easy target). Considering na it was a flag-raising, the mayor was a still target," he said.
The shell of an M16 rifle was recovered from the gunman's suspected hideout. The depression on the grass also indicated that he could have been accompanied by a lookout, he said.
Halili was known for parading drug suspects through the streets of Tanauan. He died from a single gunshot wound in the chest.
Angeline Halili, the mayor's second child, said her father was not involved in illegal drugs, adding that the slain local chief executive put together many different projects to eliminate drugs in the city.
"My father would rather die than be a drug lord. And see where he is right now. Hindi pa ba proof?" she said.