The family of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili mourn his death. 16 local officials have been killed in the country by either police or unknown assailants since Duterte took office two years ago. Photo: NurPhoto via AFP/Ezra Acayan

Another local official was killed in the Philippines on Wednesday, marking the fourth time in just over a week.

According to Philippines website Rappler, which cited local authorities, vice-mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali of Sapa-Sapa municipality was killed while traveling in a car with his wife, when an assailant walked up to the vehicle’s window and shot the official three times. The suspect was able to flee the scene by motorcycle.

16 local officials have been killed since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office and began a brutal anti-drug campaign.

In related news, officials in Sri Lanka are saying they will take a page from Duterte’s playbook, ending a 50-year moratorium on executions to “replicate the success” of the Philippines’ drug war.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena told his cabinet he “was ready to sign death warrants” of drug offenders, The Guardian reported, citing a spokesperson.

“From now on, we will hang drug offenders without commuting their death sentences,” he said.

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