Palace condemns killing of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili, vows to bring justice


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MANILA, Philippines – The Malacañang Palace condemned the killing of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili on Monday morning, July 2 and vowed to do everything they can to bring justice.
Palace condemns killing of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made a statement after the incident broke out. He said, “We condemned this kind of violence. The Palace promised that justice will be given for his death. There will be fast investigation and hearing for the responsible people in this killing. We expressed our deepest condolences to the family of Mayor (Halili) and to the whole city of Tanauan in the province of Batangas.”

Palace condemns killing of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili
Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was gunned down by a single shot to the chest on Monday, July 2 Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Tanauan City’s Hope

Mayor Halili was gunned down by a single shot to the chest while attending the flag ceremony. According to the Calabarzon office of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s initial findings, Halili was shot by a sniper.

Police Region 4-A Director Chief Supt. Edward Carranza said, “Parang gano’n (sniper fire). Nandito na ‘yong crime laboratory natin sine-secure ‘yong high ground dito sa tabi ng city hall.”

“May mga bushes kasi rito eh, maraming puno sa harapan, sa gilid ng city hall so, nag-improvise flag pole sila dito, dito nangyari ‘yong insidente. Sinesecure ng crime laboratory ‘yong allegedly na pinagpwestohan ng bumaril,” Carranza added.

The Tanauan City mayor became controversial for his infamous “Walk of Shame” where he parades crime and drug suspects around town. Last November 2017, Halili was named by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as part of the administration’s narco-list. He denied the accusations but was later stripped by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) of his powers over Tanauan’s local police.

Branded as the “Duterte of Batangas," Halili ruled with an iron fist and was vocal that he ‘looked up” to President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership style. He earlier shared, “We have so much to learn from Davao. Marami kasing pwede matutunan sa Davao at ‘yun naman ay inaapply natin ang ating napulot du’n.”

The CCTV footage of the incident has been released. You can watch it here:


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