Campaign vehicle driver in Santander shot, wounded

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A 43-year-old man was shot while driving a campaign vehicle in Barangay Talisay, Santander town, in southern Cebu around 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Dante Deniega, investigator of Santander Police Station, identified the victim as Rad Andrade, of Barangay Liloan and driver of the campaign vehicle bearing the names of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn "Gwen" Garcia and second district Board Member Jose Mari "Tata" Salvador.

Municipal police personnel headed by Police Executive Master Sergeant Lowell Ege immediately proceeded to the area after receiving a report from a concerned citizen about the shooting incident.

Based on their initial investigation, Deniega told SunStar Cebu that the victim was roving around the municipality, playing the campaign jingle when upon reaching Barangay Talisay a brown Toyota Vios overtook them, its driver opened the car's window and shot the victim several times.

Andrade was hit in the arm, chest and left portion of his body.

He was brought to Oslob District Hospital but later transferred to a hospital in Cebu City for further treatment.

Andrade's passengers Lucita Andrade, Jeralyn Andrade, Marilou Juguilon, Vanz Jury Bendanillo, and three other minors were spared from the attack.

The town police are now conducting a hot pursuit operation against the suspect.

The real motive of the incident, however, has yet to be established by the police.

Sunstar Cebu is still trying to contact the Commission on Election (Comelec) to get their comments on whether the municipality can be considered a poll hotspot due to the incident. (GDC, TPT)

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