Unidentified gunmen shot dead the police chief of a town just south of the Philippine capital on Wednesday, a senior police official said.
Senior Inspector Ramonsito Chavez, police chief of Malvar town, had just taken his children to school when he was shot in the head by armed men who then fled the scene, said Chief Superintendent Perfecto Palad.
The shooting may be related to Chavez's investigation of a crime syndicate operating in his area, said Palad.
It was the second murder of a senior Philippine police officer in just two months. In May, Islamic militants ambushed and killed Chief Superintendent Julasirim Kasim and four of his men on the southern island of Jolo.