MANILA — Gunmen today shot and killed a local politician who had endorsed opposition candidate Corazon Aquino, police and opposition officials said. It was the first killing reportedly linked to the presidential election campaign.
An opposition leader identified the victim as Jeremias de Jesus. Former Assemblyman Jose Yap, who now works with Aquino, said De Jesus was killed a day after he told the U.S. Embassy that armed men were intimidating opponents of President Ferdinand E. Marcos in Tarlac, Aquino's home province.
Assemblyman Luis Villafuerte, quoting a report from opposition leaders, said De Jesus was shot to death while aboard a Jeep in Capas municipality, 55 miles north of Manila.
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Patrolman Reynaldo Omba of the Capas police in a telephone interview confirmed the killing and said it is under investigation. He refused to provide further details.