La Union town vice mayor, bodyguard killed in ambush; mayor wounded
admin • November 14, 2018 • 3825
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
The local government of San Juan, La Union is in full gear to finish their preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
San Juan will be the venue for the surfing competition of the 2019 SEA Games which will begin from December 1 to 10.
The local government has already increased the pacing to complete the road repairs and drainage canal improvements in Barangay Urbiztondo.
Street lights in national highways will also be repaired.
According to SEA Games organizer in La Union, Cristina Antonio, 46 international delegates will compete in the surfing competition.
“Basically nandito na by mid-November (Basically, arriving by mid-November) are the media team and also some of the athletes for practice,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy 500 policemen in the area of the surfing competition to maintain the safety of the athletes and the spectators.
The local government will also implement road rerouting starting December 1. Only small vehicles will be allowed to pass through national roads while trucks and buses will have to take the diversion road.
The 2019 SEA Games will begin on November 30 and will end on December 11.—AAC (with reports from Toto Fabros)
MANILA, Philippines – The City government of Baguio said it is currently studying the possibility of putting up a cable car system as an alternative transportation to ease the traffic congestion in the country’s summer capital.
In a statement, the city said it is coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the proposal to set up a cable car system that would link the prime tourist spot to Pugo in La Union.
City Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced during the Sept. 23 Executive-Legislative meeting that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade offered for the city to enter into an agreement for the cable car line project.
The cable car system, first broached by Tugade in 2016, was reportedly the subject of a P26-million study funded by the French government targeted for completion this year.
Magalong also said that Tugade offered to help the city should it decide to pursue the monorail project.
The city government said the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera earlier proposed the multi-billion monorail project that will connect Baguio to La Trinidad town in Benguet.
A pre-feasibility study showed that the 5.2-kilometer line of the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) from the provincial capital to the Slaughterhouse Compound in Baguio would cost P3.8 billion while the 2.1-kilometer line from the Bonifacio rotunda up to the SM City Baguio passing through the central business district area would require P2.9 billion.
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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