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At least one person was killed while four others were injured in two separate ambuscades against candidates in Maguindanao and North Cotabato on Saturday, the military said.

Kiang Nasser, a nephew of South Upi mayoralty candidate Mohammad Digo “Datu Baba” Omar Jr., was killed when the latter’s convoy was ambushed along in Km 30 of the road in North Upi, Maguindanao, around 5:30 p.m., Army 6th Infantry Division spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said.

Omar’s uncle, Turno Omar, was injured and brought to the Datu Blah Sinsuat Hospital.

Omar, a candidate of PDP-Laban, is one of seven people running for mayor of South Upi. Another candidate is incumbent Mayor Abdullah “Bedz” Campong, who is running under the Liberal Party.

Around 11:50 p.m. the same day, three supporters of Floro Allado, a vice mayoralty candidate in Banisilan, North Cotabato, were injured when armed men ambushed his convoy in Brgy. Wadya.

Allado and his supporters were on their way home from campaigning in Brgy. Gastav, on board his Ford Everest and commando-type owner jeep, when they were fired upon, Hermoso said.

The candidate was not hit, but three of his supporters were wounded and brought to the Wao Hospital in Wao, Lanao del Sur, according to the military official.

Allado is one of four people running for vice mayor in Banisilan. (John Roson)

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At least two people were killed while six others were injured and three more went missing as a mayoralty candidate’s supporters were ambushed by supporters of the a rival candidate, whose husband is the incumbent mayor, in Bataraza, Palawan, on Friday night, police said.

Senior Supt. Atanacio Macalan, Palawan provincial police director, said mayoralty candidate Muslinin Abdurajik’s supporters were passing through Brgy. Igang Igang on a Toyota Revo around 11:47 p.m. when they were fired upon by several armed men.

The armed men are supporters of incumbent Mayor Abraham Ibba’s wife, Katrina, who is also running for mayor, Macalan said in a phone interview.

A still unidentified male died on the spot while a girl, estimated to be 14 to 16 years old, was found dead inside a nearby house after the attack, he said.

”Yung na-ambush ay nasa sasakyan, nakasakay sila sa Revo… di pa matiyak kung saan papunta. Siguro ‘yung babae nahagip ‘yun sa crossfire, kasi sa loob ng bahay namatay,” Macalan said.

Six persons were injured and have been brought to a local hospital, but one of them reportedly expired Saturday morning, the police official said.

“Mayroon pang reported na nawawala na tatlo, baka ‘yung pasaheros nung Revo pati ‘yung driver, na siguro nakatakas nung nagbabakbakan, o binabakbakan sila, at grabe yung sugat nila, kaya hindi pa narerecover,” Macalan said.

Six persons believed to be among those who carried out the ambush were arrested when members of the Bataraza Police and Marine troopers launched pursuit operations, he added.

Abdurajik is running for mayor of Bataraza under the Nationalist People’s Coalition against incumbent Mayor Ibba’s wife, Katrina, who is running under the National Unity Party, according to the Commission on Elections’ list of candidates. (John Roson)

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A mayor running for provincial board member of Northern Samar, two of his running mates, and a civilian pilot were injured when the helicopter they were riding crash-landed at the shore of Laoang town Tuesday morning, police said.

Andre Abalon, incumbent mayor of San Roque, suffered “severe head injuries” and was brought to the Catarman Doctors’ Hospital, PO3 Michael Irinco, desk officer at the Laoang Police Station, said in a phone interview.

Dioscoro Asinas and Panoy Pinca, Abalon’s fellow candidates for provincial board member in Northern Samar’s second district, were brought to the same hospital along with pilot Capt. Dino Garcia due “minor injuries,” Irinco said.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. while the helicopter piloted by Garcia was flying over in Brgy. Rawis.

The helicopter, allegedly rented by re-electionist 2nd District Rep. Emil Ong, crash landed due to “possible engine failure,” Irinco said, citing initial investigation results.

Ong is seeking re-election under the National Unity Party, where Abalon, Asinas, and Pinca are also listed, according to the Commission on Elections’ list of candidates. (John Roson)

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