A VILLAGE chief in Batangas province was shot dead by two unidentified armed men early Monday.

A radio report identified the fatality as Kenneth Reyes, 27, head of Barangay Maguihan in Lemery town.

The report said Reyes had just alighted from a van and was walking towards his house when the two suspects shot him several times around 1:40 a.m.

Reyes was rushed to the Caysasay Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The village chief just arrived from a seminar in Cebu City at the time of the incident.

The suspects fled after the crime.

Recovered from the scene were two empty shells and one deformed slug of caliber .45 pistol.

Investigation is ongoing. (Sunnex)