MAYOR ATTACKED. A view of Tagapul-an, Samar. The mayor of the island town, Vicente Limpiado Jr., survived an attack by an unidentified gunman on Thursday morning (July 16, 2020). (Photo from FB page of Tagapul-an, Samar)

TACLOBAN CITY – The mayor of the island town of Tagapul-an in Samar province has survived an attack by an unidentified gunman on Thursday morning.

Initial reports reaching the Police Regional Office 8 (Eastern Visayas) here disclosed that Mayor Vicente Limpiado Jr. was about to leave his farm in Sugod village at about 8:50 a.m. when his assailant shot him using an unknown firearm.

The 47-year-old Limpiado sustained wounds on his back and was rushed to the rural health unit but was later  taken to a hospital in Tacloban City.

Policemen launched a manhunt to capture the gunman. They are still investigating the motive of the attack.

Limpiado has been mayor of the island town since 2016, after replacing his father who ruled for years.

Tagapul-an, a fifth-class town in Samar, is the farthest island town from the mainland.

According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 8,473 people. (PNA)