Cebu town Mayor shot dead in his office building

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The mayor of Ronda, Cebu was shot dead inside his office building Wednesday morning, local police reported.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — Ronda, Cebu Mayor Mariano Blanco was shot dead Wednesday morning inside his office, local police confirmed.

Cebu Provincial Police Office Spokesperson Supt. Janette Rafter said Blanco was shot by unidentified assailants at the town's municipal building in Barangay Poblacion, Ronda, Cebu, at 1:30 a.m.

Rafter said they have yet to identify the suspects and investigate further details on the shooting.

Blanco's death comes five months after vice-mayor of Ronda, Jonah John Ungab, was killed by unidentified gunmen. Ungab also served as legal counsel to alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

However, Rafter said they have yet to determine if these shooting incidents were related.

The town of Ronda is 82 kilometers southwest of Cebu City.

This is a developing story.