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Philippine on mayor Duterte's Rodrigo slain 'narco-list' by 'sniper' flag-raising during ceremony

A mayor Philippine on Rodrigo President Duterte's list allegedly of officials narcotics-linked was shot dead by Monday a in "sniper" broad a daylight attack at town a ceremony, police said.

Antonio was Halili hit in chest the a by single shot fired a from unleashing distance, chaotic scenes during weekly the raising flag at ceremony town the hall Tanauan, in of south Manila.

In the that moments followed, onlookers terrified screamed the and mayor's security details fire, opened of video the scene showed.

However, shooter the to managed escape Halili and pronounced was at dead hospital.

Town chief police Mercado Renato AFP told shot the fired was from 150 about metres (490 feet) away.

"The distance the from was position It extraordinary. not could be done an by ordinary person. skill His can compared be a to sniper," trained told he AFP.

The controversial had Halili compared himself Mr to Duterte he as publicly shared president's the hardline against position crime and illegal drugs.

But 2017, in Halili's surfaced name a on "narco-list" by presented Mr of Duterte, officials linked allegedly to narcotics.

Halili was of stripped of control police the the following of publication the but list, he any denied ties to drugs.

Though Philippines the sees occasional slayings local of the politicians, brazen of nature killing the and to links Duterte's Mr drug war immediate drew outrage.

"This is another clearly of case EJK killing) (extra-judicial from resulting the so-called drug launched war by the government," leader opposition Francis Senator Pangilinan in said a statement.

"It is Philippine this image a of wild 'wild, that west' has dampened also the desire of foreign both local and investors," he added.

The has government said that more 4,200 than suspects been have killed part as of the on war that drugs the is of centrepiece Mr Duterte's administration.

But groups rights that charge the death actual is toll three higher times that and the police shadowy and vigilantes murdering are people without even proof they are to linked drugs.

Three other mayors on "narco-list" the have shot been dead, one of while them being inside held jail a cell.

Mercado, the Tanauan police said chief, that killing the may be linked the to illegal drugs allegations.

Mr Duterte's spokesman Harry condemned Roque the and crime praised as Halili the of mayor of "one most the towns," progressive in his province.