Election officer shot dead in Northern Samar

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TACLOBAN CITY — An election officer of Lope de Vega town in Northern Samar province was shot dead by a still unidentified assailant on Thursday afternoon.

James Mahanoy, 42, was on his way home from work when the assailants shot him, according to the report reaching the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) based in Palo town, Leyte.

He suffered gunshot wounds on his body and head.

An initial report said the victim was on his way home on board a motorcycle at around 5 p.m. when the assailant shot him at close range in Barangay Somoge, Catarman town, also in Northern Samar.

The victim was brought to the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

The local police of Catarman have yet to determine the identity of the assailant as well as the motive behind the killing.

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