Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU
MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand "Ferdie" Bote was barely half into his first term as mayor of General Tinio, the biggest Nueva Ecija municipality when he was killed on Tuesday, July 3.
Unidentified men opened fire on his vehicle after he had visited the National Irrigation Administration office in Cabanatuan City.
The 57-year-old engineer was elected as General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, mayor in 2016 under the People's Reform Party. But Senator Aquilino Pimentel III told reporters in a text message that he eventually joined the ruling party PDP-Laban.
He is a member of the influential Nueva Ecija clan whose members occupied several positions throughout the years. His distant cousin, former mayor Virgilio Bote Jr, heads the Nueva Ecija and Luzon chapters of PDP-Laban.
The two joined forces from 2010 to 2016 as General Tinio mayor and vice mayor.
Before he became a politician, Bote was involved in business, according to his 2016 certificate of candidacy.
Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.