Philippine police hunt mayor's attackers

Philippine police said they have identified and are hunting eight gunmen who killed 13 people in an ambush on a mayor, an attack that cast a pall of fear over upcoming elections.

Police are also considering expanding security measures, amid fears of further violence from politicians' private armies and communist guerrillas ahead of the May 13 mid-term polls.

Gunmen opened fire on a truck carrying Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan, 62, and his supporters in the troubled southern Philippines late Thursday, the deadliest in a string of violent incidents that have marred campaigning.

The mayor was injured and his daughter and granddaughter killed.

"We have already identified the suspects as a longtime enemy of the Manamparan clan," said provincial police chief, Senior Superintendent Gerardo Rosales.

They were followers of a Muslim clan that had a family feud with the Manamparans and officers were preparing to arrest them, he said.

Meanwhile, police arrested 11 communist guerrillas just outside Manila late Friday as they were distributing "permits to campaign" to politicians, a provincial police director said.

Senior Superintendent Joel Orduna said police seized five rifles, a shotgun and three pistols from the rebels of the New People's Army in Dona Trinidad town.

The military has previously accused the NPA of extorting money from politicians in exchange for issuing "permits" that will allow them to campaign unmolested.

A police tally now lists a total of 46 deaths from at least 48 violent incidents reported since the start of the campaign in February.

Political violence from rebels, hired thugs of politicians and other armed groups have long plagued elections in the Philippines despite security precautions.

More than 18,000 posts are at stake in the May 13 elections, from town mayors and governors to members of parliament.

National police spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo said the police leadership had already identified 15 "priority provinces" for tighter security due to the possibility of election violence.

"We are entertaining the idea of (adding) other provinces," he said in an interview with ABS-CBN television.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Phl, Japan sign P9.6-B ODA projects
    Phl, Japan sign P9.6-B ODA projects

    The Philippines and Japan have signed agreements for six official development assistance (ODA) projects amounting to 22.289 billion yen or around P9.6 billion. …

  • Commission to launch glossary of Pinoy meteorological terms
    Commission to launch glossary of Pinoy meteorological terms

    The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) will release a glossary of meteorological terms in Filipino to help the Filipino people better understand weather forecasts and instill disaster awareness among them. National Artist for Literature and KWF president Virgilio Almario said yesterday the KWF produced the glossary titled Patnubay sa Weder Forkast to simplify scientific terms used in the weather bulletins of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration …

  • Divorce bill good scapegoat for couples – CBCP
    Divorce bill good scapegoat for couples – CBCP

    Contrary to what romance novel writers would want their readers to believe, there are no perfect marriages in the real world. This was according to Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas. In a statement titled “CBCP Position Against the Divorce Bill and Against the Decriminalization of Adultery and Concubinage,” Villegas said that while it is not easy to make relationships last, learning how to work out differences – and …

  • DND holds off infra dev’t in Pag-Asa
    DND holds off infra dev’t in Pag-Asa

    The defense department is holding off repairs and other planned infrastructure projects on Pag-Asa Island, one of seven islets and two reefs occupied by Filipino troops in the disputed Spratly Islands. Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario pointed out that the maintenance and repair of facilities in Pag-Asa Island are not covered by the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of parties involved in the West Philippine Sea territorial disputes. “Repair and maintenance is okay but before …

  • Blackout to hit 5 Aurora towns
    Blackout to hit 5 Aurora towns

    An 11-hour power outage will hit five towns in Aurora on Tuesday, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) announced yesterday. The NGCP said Baler, Dingalan, San Luis, Ma. Aurora and Dipaculao would be affected by the blackout. The NGCP said parts of Nueva Ecija and Aurora were hit by a power interruption yesterday due to the tripping of the Cabanatuan-Baler 69kV line. …

  • Rules set for climate change programs
    Rules set for climate change programs

    The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) have released the revised guidelines to track and monitor climate change adaptation programs of the government. “The government of the Philippines has demonstrated leadership and strong commitment in implementing a comprehensive reform agenda to respond to climate change,” read the joint memorandum circular published in The STAR yesterday. “With the goal of using the budget process to plan, prioritize and …

  • It’s time to move on– Speaker
    It’s time to move on– Speaker

    The nation can now move on as President Aquino has satisfactorily explained his side on the Mamasapano incident for which he even begged for understanding, lawmakers led by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday. “It’s time to move on,” Belmonte said in reaction to Aquino’s pronouncements made before new police graduates at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) last Thursday. The President has spoken far too much about what he knows and about his limited involvement in the …

  • ToyotaPH continues it’s strong sales in February
    ToyotaPH continues it’s strong sales in February

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) sustains its strong sales in its February performance. Toyota’s strong performance last month was due to the  high demand of the Vios, with sales of 2,012 units and of course the rest of Toyota’s line up such as the Fortuner, Innova, Wigo, Hilux, Avanza and Corolla Altis. Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, recorded 60 units last month. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options