Councilor wounded, 2 others killed in Agusan del Sur ambush
Aileen Cerrudo • April 8, 2019 • 1691
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)
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.
MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Friday ordered for the creation of a special police team investigation for the ambush on former Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr.
In a statement, Año strongly condemned the “villainous act,” which he says “undermines the resolute efforts of our law enforcers to ensure peace and order.”
“I have already given specific instructions to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to immediately create a team to probe the incident and track down the culprits responsible for this crime,” he said.
Espino and four of his aides, namely Agapito Cuizon, Kevin Marfori, their driver and police security escort Staff Sergeant Jayson Malsi and retired policeman Anthony Columbino survived the ambush but another police escort, Staff Sergeant Richard Esguerra, died in the incident.
Año said police operatives are now scouring several areas in the province to track and arrest the gunmen. Investigators are also following possible leads on the motive behind the attack.
Police earlier reported its has recovered the getaway vehicles used by the suspects. A red Hyundai Elantra and a grey Ford Everest were found abandoned in Barangay Cobol and Barangay Pasima, respectively.
Several long firearms were also found inside the vehicles.
“We will give you updates on the results of the investigation by the police. We want to get to the bottom of this as soon as we can,” Año said.
The DILG Chief has expressed his condolences to the family of Staff Sergeant Esguerra and assured the government will provide them with special financial assistance package as well as other types of assistance for killed-in-action, wounded-in-action police officers under the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program.
Malacañang earlier condemned the ambush on Espino and vowed that the government will spare no effort in finding and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday condemned the ambush on former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo called the attack a “felonious act” and assured the public that authorities are on top of the situation.
He also vowed that the government will spare no effort in finding and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“We condemn this felonious act as we believe that any unjustified killing has no place in a civilized society like ours,” Panelo said in a statement.
“We guarantee that police authorities are already on top of the situation and will spare no effort in finding the perpetrators of this crime and ascertaining their motive for consummating the same,” he added.
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