Malacañang hits killing of ex-La Union congressman Eriguel

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Sunday, May 13, denounced the killing of former La Union representative Eufranio Eriguel, who was shot dead along with his two bodyguards a day earlier.

"We strongly denounce the killing of ex-La Union Rep. Eufranio Eriguel," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement Sunday.

"Investigators are now gathering evidence as we vow to bring justice to the slain congressman and his bereaved family," Roque said.

"Political violence has no place in society. We thus call on everyone's support, cooperation and vigilance to ensure that tomorrow's barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections will be free, honest, orderly, and generally peaceful," the presidential spokesperson added.

Eriguel and his two bodyguards were killed in Barangay Capas in Agoo, La Union, around 7 pm on Saturday, May 12. Agoo police identified the civilian bodyguards as Bong Tubera and Bobby Ordinario.

Eriguel was killed two days before the barangay and SK elections on Monday, May 14.

Eriguel had survived a threat to his life on April 30, 2016, when his convoy was bombed days before the national and local elections on May 9, 2016. – Rappler.com