LA UNION, Philippines — Balaoan , La Union Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and his security escort Michael Ulep were killed an ambush on Wednesday morning (November 14).
His daughter Balaoan Mayor Aleli Concepcion was wounded in the incident.
Based on investigation, the Concepcions were aboard their respective vehicles going to the municipal hall at around 8:10 a.m. when unidentified gunmen fired shots at them on Luna Road, Barangay Cabuaan.
The victims were rushed to Balaoan District Hospital where Vice Mayor Concepcion died shortly.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 1 has formed a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to look into the case.
PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde said authorities are checking if the Concepcions have been receiving death threats prior to the incident.
The SITG will also investigate whether the suspects are members of a private armed group and if a political rival is possibly behind it.
“Yes isa yan. Of course, kaya yesterday we presented mga operations natin on PAGs (private armed groups) particularly the identified PAGs doon sa Nueva Ecija which we said earlier that this group is also operating in the province of La Union and nearby provinces in Cagayan, Bulacan and parts of Region 4A,” said Albayalde.
Malacañang condemned the ambush against the La Union local officials and has directed the PNP to look into the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.— Toto Fabros