New Zealander shot dead on central Philippines island

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 12:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 July, 2017, 10:50pm

Police say they have arrested the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting of a New Zealander on a central Philippine island. Another suspect is being sought.

Senior Police Officer Jimmy De lima said on Thursday that one of two men on a motorcycle shot dead 63-year-old Simon Rawlinson in Biliran island’s capital town of Naval.

The local mayor Gerard Espina posted a photo of a suspect in a jail cell.

De Lima said they took Rawlinson’s bag containing money, a laptop and the victim’s documents.

De Lima said Rawlinson, a long-time resident of nearby Maripipi island, was in Naval for a trip to the market when he was attacked on Wednesday morning.

A witness led police to the suspected gunman, a local farmer. Found in his house were a pistol, bullets and clothes the suspect was seen wearing on security camera footage around the time of the shooting.

The motorcycle rider is still at large.

Local media reports said Rawlinson was the third Westerner to be killed on the island in just over a year.

An American, Harvey Abrams was shot dead by a motorbike assassin in March and last June, Dutch businessman Henk Nuits was also killed by a gun man on a motorcycle, according to Philippines Lifestyle News.