La Union town vice mayor, bodyguard killed in ambush; mayor wounded

admin   •   November 14, 2018   •   3744

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

6 dead, 9 injured in Calbiga, Samar ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2019

Six members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were killed while nine were injured during an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Calbiga, Samar on Tuesday morning (April 23).

Members of the 46 Infantry Battalion (46-IB) were ambushed around 2:50 a.m. with the use of an improvised explosive device (IED) or a landmine which exploded in the area between Barangay Daligan and Barangay Baluan.

According to initial information of 46-IB, they were conducting a community support program when suspected NPA members waylaid their troops.

The 46-IB added that the encounter between the AFP and suspected rebel group continues. — Aileen Cerrudo

Councilor wounded, 2 others killed in Agusan del Sur ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2019

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)

Mechanic found dead in a ravine in La Union

admin   •   February 21, 2019

A policeman examines the lifeless body of Felix Apilado

The lifeless body of a man was found in a ravine at Brgy. Guinabang, Bacnotan, La Union Tuesday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m.

The authorities have identified the victim as Felix Apilado, a resident for Panicsican, San Juan, La Union. He was a vehicle maintenance personnel at an electric company.

Based on the investigation conducted by Scene Of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) the victim had a nylon cord tied around his neck and a puncture wound on his left chest.

Brgy. Kagawad Benido Ganolla told police, he saw a white multicab at around two in the afternoon with three men on board wearing the same uniform as the victim.

Apilado’s body will undergo autopsy while investigation will continue to look into the motive and possible mastermind of the crime. — Freema Salonga (with reports from Toto Fabros)

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