An unidentified gunman shot dead a town mayor in a northern Philippine province who was playing mahjong with friends, police said Sunday, dpa reported.
Arthur Cabantac, 55, mayor of Agno town in the northern province of Pangasinan, died on the way to hospital after the attack Saturday evening.
Senior Superintendent Isagani Nerez, provincial police director, said the assailant shot at Cabantac through an open window in the house of his neighbour in the village of Poblacion East.
The mayor suffered four gunshot wounds. None of the other three players were hurt, he added.
The mayor's security escorts were not with him during the shooting.
Nerez said investigators had no suspects yet and were looking into political and personal motives for the killing.
Cabantac won elections in 2007 by only 68 votes over the town's former mayor, whose family had held power in the municipality since 1980.