Police: Tawi-Tawi town vice mayor was not in narco list

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Sapa Sapa Vice Mayor Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali was shot dead Wednesday afternoon.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — The slain vice mayor of a town in Tawi-tawi was not part of the Duterte administration's so-called narco-list, local police said Thursday.

"We checked on that and hindi po siya kasali. Wala po [he's not in it,]" S/Supt. Alan Nazarro, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office, told CNN Philippines.

While police are still determining the motive, Nazarro said Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali of Sapa Sapa had told his family he has received threats.

"According to the family the late mayor has been mentioning that he is having a threat pero di naman niya masabi [but he can't say] from where is that threat," he said. "Kaya po siya nagkaroon ng [That's why he had a] police escort."

Ali was shot dead Wednesday afternoon. Ali, along with his wife and daughter, was on his way home from a mall.

Nazarro added upon asking local officials in Tawi-Tawi, they found out that Sapa Sapa's mayor is Ali's father.

"He is being groomed to be the next na ipapatakbo ng tatay na maging mayor [he's in the running to become mayor]," Nazarro claimed.

Ali's death is the latest in recent attacks against local government officials.

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On Sunday, July 8, Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said there was nothing to worry about the series of killings of local officials, as these were not related to each other.