Ambush kills Zamboanga del Norte town vice mayor, 2 others
UNTV News • January 11, 2020 • 522
The vice-mayor of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte and his three companions were ambushed on Saturday (January 11) at around 11:30 a.m.
Initial report from Police Regional Office 9 says, Vice-Mayor Gani Esmali and the three other victims were onboard a gray SUV heading towards Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte when an undetermined number of suspects fired at them.
The perpetrators immediately left the scene onboard a white van with unknown plate number heading towards the municipality of Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.
Two of the victims died on the spot while Vice Mayor Esmali was declared dead upon arrival at the Siocon Distrcit Hospital. The fourth victim is currently undergoing medical treatment.
The Siocon Police is in hot pursuit of the gunmen while neighboring municipal police stations promptly launched a dragnet operation against the fleeing suspects.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will look into illegal drugs as possible motive for the ambush on former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr.
The PNP said they are looking into all possible motives for the attack which include Espino’s campaign against illegal drugs during his term.
“Ang lahat ng ito ay tinitingnan ng mga posibleng anggulo. Wala pa naman talagang matukoy kung ano talagang dahilan (We are looking at all possible angles. We still haven’t figure out the real motive),” according to PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.
“Maaaring may mga sindikato na maaaring naapektuhan ng kanyang kampanya na iyan (There may be crime syndicates that were affected by his campaign),” Banac added.
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