The reports said Espiel was about to dismount from his motorcycle when two bonnet-wearing men closed on him and shot him several times at close range.
The victim died on the spot while the two suspects sped away towards Sitio Isadaon also of the same town, reports said.
The reports added that responding policemen recovered in front of the church three cartridges of still unknown type of firearms.
Police are investigating the said incident and seeking the help of churchgoers for possible identification and arrest of the suspects, reports said.(AV/CBCPNews)