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Preacher slain in Ilocos Norte

CAMP JUAN, Ilocos Norte – A preacher, who was a provincial coordinator of a partylist, was shot dead infront of his wife and visitors by unidentified suspects riding in a motorcycle in Barangay 9, Laoag City Thursday morning.

Supt. Jeffrey Gorospe, spokesman of Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, identified the victim as Macario Campañano, 40, preacher of the Church of Christ, a native from Burgos, Ilocos Norte and presently renting an apartment in Barangay 9, Laoag City.

Campañano is also the provincial coordinator of 1st Kabagis Partylist in Ilocos Norte.

Investigation disclosed that the shooting incident happened at about 8:10 a.m. while the victim, who had just arrived from Pangasinan, was having a conversation with his wife, Mina, and their family friends infront of their boarding house.

While the group was having a chat, the motorcycle-riding armed suspects arrived and immediately approached Campañano and shot him hitting the back of his neck.

The suspects immediately fled after the incident while the victim was rushed to the Gov. Roque Ablan Sr Memorial Hospital in Laoag City but was declared dead on arrival. (Freddie G. Lazaro)