GLOBAL ONE NEWS — A former Philippine town mayor has been killed in a police shootout for alleged links to the illegal drug trade.
Talib Abo, who was mayor at Parang town in Maguindanao, died of multiple gunshot wounds he sustained from a police raid on Friday, Jan. 4.
Abo’s brother — also accused of involvement in the drug trade — was killed on the same day in a separate drug operation.
Abo’s daughter was also reportedly arrested due to similar accusations but was later released due to lack of evidence.
President Rodrigo Duterte has previously accused Abo of being a narco-politician linking him to the 3.5 kg of methamphetamine or shabu shipped to Davao City.
Abo has denied these accusations blaming political rivals for tarnishing his name.
Duterte’s war on drugs has killed some 5,000 civilians according to police data. Former and current politicians have also been victims, with nearly a dozen of them killed since 2016.