A board member of the first district of Dinagat Islands was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen along the national road in Barangay Luna, Surigao City on Sunday morning (July 7), police said.
Wenefredo Olofernes, 52, was riding his motorcycle with his reported live-in partner as they headed home when the motorcycle riders shot him around 7:10 a.m., according to Police Lt. Col. Rhandy Amaro, Surigao City Police Station chief.
Olofernes was hit in the head. His live-in partner was unhurt.
He was brought to the Caraga Regional Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Olofernes ran as an independent candidate in the 2019 midterm elections and emerged as the board member with the most number of votes among all bets for Dinagat ’s first district.
An investigation was launched by police to identify the perpetrators and the motive behind the crime. By CLC