MANILA - An elderly Dutchman who was working for a non-government organisation in the Philippines was shot dead on Tuesday, police said.
William Geertman, 67, who worked for an anti-malaria campaign, was killed on his way to his office in the northern city of San Fernando in an apparent robbery attempt, police investigator Adrian Regala told AFP.
"He had just come from the bank when two unidentified suspects entered (his office) compound and shot him in the back," Regala said.
The suspects fled with Geertman's bag, which police said contained the money he had just withdrawn from the bank.
The victim was married to a local woman and had no known political enemies, the investigator added.
However, local co-workers alleged the killing of Geertman, described by police as executive director of the non-government group Alay Bayan, was politically motivated.
"It is an outrage that he... became a target for such barbarous killings," said the activist group National Alliance of Indigenous People's Organisations in the Philippines.
It said Geertman had been in the country for 46 years, helping farmers, tribesmen and environmental groups and he was targetted by the military as part of the government's counterinsurgency campaign against communist rebels.