Councilor wounded, 2 others killed in Agusan del Sur ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2019   •   1780

Scene of the Crime Operatives examine the site of the ambush against San Luis Councilor Franklin Mandumotan on April 6, 2019

San Luis, Agusan del Sur Councilor Franklin Mandumotan was wounded while his wife, child and friends were killed in an ambush in Barangay San Pedro, Agusan del Sur on Saturday (April 6).

Philippine National Police (PNP) San Luis Chief Pcapt. Emerson Bajao said Mandumotan, his family and two of his friends were aboard an SUV and were on their way to a municipal activity when armed men rained bullets on said vehicle.

“Nagawa pa niyang mga around 150 meters pagpapatakbo para maiwas iyong mga nasa loob. More or less 36 basyo ng bala ng M16 ang nakuha sa area at mayroon pang bala ng mga carbine na na-iwan din sa area, (He was able to run the vehicle up to 150 meters to save the people inside. More or less 36 bullet shells of M16 were recovered from the area, there were also carbine ammunition left in the area),” Bajao said.

Mandumotan’s wife was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital while one of his friends, Maricel Quezon, died on the spot after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.

Mandumotan sustained a gunshot wound on the arm. His son, Charles, and his other friend, Norie Coguit also sustained wounds and were taken to the hospital.

Bajao has confirmed they are investigating four persons of interest who may be responsible for the ambush.

Authorities are also investigating the motive for the assassination because the councilor has no record of any involvement in illegal drugs.

Bajao also insists it is not election-related.

“Hindi man siya tumatakbo, hindi election-related tapos wala ring mga armed group dito. Iyon nga tinitibay pa natin kung matumbok ba natin kung sila ba ang gumagawa, iyong mga NPA kasi hindi nila inaamin, (He is not running [in the election], it is not election-related. Also, there are no armed groups here. We are still investigating if the NPA is responsible because they are not claiming responsibility as of now)” Bajao said.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 13 Director Brig. Gen. Gilberto DC Cruz gave his troops one week to apprehend those responsible for the ambush.—Aileen Cerrudo(with reports from Raymond Octobre)

Ambush kills Zamboanga del Norte town vice mayor, 2 others

UNTV News   •   January 11, 2020

The bullet-riddled SUV the victims were shot in | Courtesy: PRO9

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.

Retired cop killed in Calasiao ambush

Robie de Guzman   •   January 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A retired policeman was killed in an ambush in Calasiao, Pangasinan on Thursday afternoon.

Initial police report identified the victim as retired police general Marlo Chan.

Authorities said Chan was onboard his vehicle when he was attacked by still unidentified armed men.

The ambush took place around 2:50 p.m. at Barangay Nalsian in Calasiao town.

Police said investigation is underway to identify the suspects and the possible motive behind the incident. – RRD

1 cop killed, 5 others injured in Eastern Samar ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019

One cop was killed and five others were injured in an ambush on Friday afternoon (December 13) in Eastern Samar by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

A large explosion followed by a relatively large fire was reported around 3:00 p.m. at Barangay Libutan, in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

Authorities said the seven personnel were on board a Hi-lux patrol car en route to Eastern Samar Provincial Police Office (ESPPO) Headquarters when a suspected IED exploded.

One member of the Eastern Samar’s 1st Police Mobile Force Company was killed, injuring five other policemen.

Ten civilians were also affected by the explosion.

Authorities have yet to report further details on the incident.—AAC

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