Riding-in-tandem killers ambush fireman

Posted at 02/05/2013 3:03 PM | Updated as of 02/05/2013 3:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- A retired fireman was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Batangas Tuesday, authorities said.

The victim was identified as FO3 Mario Suwayan, 56. He was formerly assigned to Sto. Tomas Fire Station in Batangas.

Authorities said the victim also operated fire extinguisher refilling stations in Batangas, Laguna and Quezon.

Initial investigation showed that Suwayan was jogging along Barangay San Miguel when still unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle suddenly fired shots at him using a .45-caliber pistol.

The victim sustained four gunshot wounds. He was dead on the spot.

Police have yet to identify the motive behind Suwayan's killing.

A manhunt operation has been launched against the suspects. -- Report from Arnell Ozaeta, dzMM