It's not uncommon for criminals to be caught on tape in the age of smartphones and pocket-sized cameras, but you don't often hear of someone photographing their own murderer.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer and hundreds of other news outlets are reporting that Caloocan City Councilman Reynaldo Dagsa did just that on New Year's Day.
The photo, which was distributed to police and the media by the Dagsa family, shows Dagsa's wife, daughter and another relative posing for a photograph. A man in the background is standing behind the family and another man wearing a backward baseball cap is holding a small-caliber pistol, whose muzzle is highlighted by the camera's flash.
The family seems unaware of the gunman's presence. Presumably, the two shots that entered the councilman's chest and arm rang out just after his shutter snapped. Dagsa was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Inquirer reported that the man holding the .45-caliber was Michael Gonzalez, who was arrested Monday in Manila.
Police are still looking for the other man standing behind the family, identified as Rommel Oliva, who may have been serving as a lookout, the newspaper reported. Police also hope to find another suspected lookout, Francis Bumjal, who is not in the photograph, according to the Inquirer.
Chief Inspector Crescencio Galvez of the Caloocan police told the Inquirer that the men were known car thieves out on bail, and they may have been angry with Dagsa for having them arrested last year.
Galvez further said Dagsa was a member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team and was active in maintaining order in his region.
Gun violence is prevalent in the impoverished Philippines, and cheap guns are available legally and through the black market, according to London's Daily Mail. The U.S. State Department reports that "kidnappings and violent assaults do occur in metro Manila and elsewhere" and issued a travel warning late last year saying that kidnap-for-ransom gangs are active throughout the island nation of 100 million.
Assassins on motorbikes have also posed problems, making headlines when a security guard in November killed an actor that he mistook for a real motorcycle gunman.