Vice mayor of Trece Martires, Cavite shot dead

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) — Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Trece Martires City, Cavite was shot dead Saturday afternoon, police said.

Lubigan was onboard a black Toyota Hilux, traversing Trece-Indang Road in Barangay Luciano, Trece Martires City, when the shooting incident took place, the Calabarzon regional police said in an initial report. It added the shots came from a black Montero.  

Lubigan's companion, Romulo Guillemer is in critical condition at General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital.

Lubigan is the third high-ranking local government official killed this week, after Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas and Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. Both killings are still under investigation.

Several government officials, including lawmakers and Vice President Leni Robredo, have called on the Duterte administration to give swift justice to the slain mayors.

READ: VP Robredo, lawmakers urge government to act on spate of killings

Lubigan’s death brings to 15 the number of mayors and vice mayors killed under President Rodrigo Duterte's term, according to the tally of CNN Philippines' Research Team.

Malacañang condemned the ambush of Lubigan and ordered the police to conduct a fair investigation.

"We ask the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a fair and through investigation and spare no effort in getting to the bottom of this latest crime," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

"We must band together and put an end to the worrisome incidents of violence involving local politicians," he added.

The Palace also expressed condolences to the slain mayor's family and friends.