ORMOC CITY-The local police are conducting a thorough investigation involving the killing of an incumbent barangay chairwoman and her common-law husband in Barangay Campeig, Sta. Margarita, Samar on Wednesday (Sept.6) at about 7:30 am.

Local police identified the victims as Vivian Verano, 46, and the current barangay chairwoman and her live-in partner, Roel Casalay, 43.

Verano was seeking for another term in the forthcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The incident happened in Brgy. Campeig, a remote village that could be reached only through walking about three hours from the highway.

Investigation conducted by the local police disclosed that the live-in couple were inside their house when six unidentified persons armed with long and short firearms barged into their house.

Police Staff Sergeant Jeremy Aropo-op, in a phone interview, said that while the couple were stunned upon their entry of the suspects as they suddenly opened fire with the victims killing them both on the spot.

The perpetrators immediately came out of the house after the shooting and fled to an unknown area.

Sgt. Oropo-op said that they are facing a blank wall on this incident in identifying the suspects and their motive in killing the victims. (ROBERT DEJON)