2007, May 20
A winning mayoralty candidate and a winning councilor bet were shot dead Sunday night (May 20) as post-election violence erupted in Bacarra town, Ilocos Norte.
Killed by an unidentified gunman were mayor-elect Philip Velasco and councilor-elect Marcelo Adaya.
They were attending a farmers’ fiesta celebration in Bacarra shortly before midnight Sunday.
Investigators have so far recovered 24 shells of cal-.45 and 9-mm pistols from the crime scene.