CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — A municipal official of Laur town, in this province was killed in an ambush staged by motorcycle-riding tandem along Laur-Gabaldon road shortly before midnight Monday.

Senior Supt. Manuel Cornel, director of Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office, identified the victim as Jonathan Liwag, 52, a resident of Natividad St. Barangay 1 and head of the Municipal Engineering Office of Laur town.

Investigation disclosed that the victim was on his way home from the municipal government’s Christmas party at the town hall, driving an Army-type jeep, when shot at close range by one of the suspects at around 11:30 p.m. Monday, causing the victim’s vehicle to swerve to the left shoulder before sideswiping a tree and plunged into irrigation canal.

Liwag sustained a gunshot wound on his body which resulted to his death, according to the police.

Police recovered one fired catridge case of 9MM, one deformed fired bullet and one lead fragment while the vehicle incurred heavily front damages.

Motive of the incident is still being investigated. PNA/