LOOK: ‘Sniper hole’ of Tanauan Mayor Halili’s killer

Rambo Talabong
Police believe the killer of Mayor Antonio Halili positioned himself just in the greenery across the Tanauan City Hall

SHOOTER'S SPOT. The supposed sniper's hole used by the killer of Mayor Antonio Halili. Sourced photo

MANILA, Philippines – The killing of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili in Batangas is a first of its kind.

He was neither shot dead by men riding in tandem nor was he killed by cops in an anti-drug operation. He was shot dead in broad daylight, from afar – by a sniper. 

A CCTV clip showed that Halili quickly clutched his chest before staggering and falling on his back. The crowds started running after hearing the gunshot. There was no gunman in sight.

According to Tanauan City police chief Superintendent Renato Mercado, this was because the killer positioned himself in the greenery just across the Tanauan City Hall, elaborately digging a hole for him to hide.

From the hole, there was apparently a clear view of the flag ceremony crowd. The sniper released just one shot that proved fatal to the mayor.

Here is a closeup of the hole:

TRACES. The Tanauan police say the spot bears signs that it was recently occupied by a person. Sourced photo

The Philippine National Police has formed a special investigation task group (SITG) to look into Halili’s killing. (READ: Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov’t)

They plan to reenact the killing. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.