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Two persons were injured when a grenade lobbed by still unidentified men exploded near the home of Sulu Vice Gov. Abdusakur Tan in Jolo Wednesday night, the military said.

Injured were Andel Aziz Asiri, 31, of Patikul, and Haidar Hasim, 28, of Brgy. Tulay, Jolo, said Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the Armed Forces’ Joint Task Group Sulu.

The explosion occurred around 7:50 p.m. along Loay st., Brgy. Asturias.

It happened only about 150 meters from the home of Tan, who is running for governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the May 9 elections, a source said.

Authorities initially reported that an improvised explosive device went off, but Arrojado said a grenade’s safety lever was found later at the blast site.

Policemen cordoned the area and brought Asiri and Hasim to the Sulu Integrated Provincial Health Office for treatment.

Arrojado said investigators are looking at a claim that the grenade throwers were members of feuding clans in Talipao and unvalidated information that they were Abu Sayyaf.

Abu Sayyaf members are reportedly targetting civilians who give information to the military, he said.

Another security source said the blast “appears” to have something to do with Tan’s candidacy for ARMM governor. Tan is running as an independent against incumbent Gov. Mujiv Hataman and two others in the upcoming polls.

“Parang scenario eh, kasi kung target talaga ‘yung bahay, bakit hindi pa doon pinasabog? Pero hindi mo rin naman masabing ganun na nga, kasi hindi naman basta-basta makakahinto dun sa tapat ng bahay dahil may blue guards doon,” the source said. (John Roson)

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The number of elected government officials killed in this year’s election period has already surpassed those of 2010 and 2007, police records showed.

Thirty-three elected officials were killed in election-related incidents from January 13 to May 13, almost twice as many as the 17 killed in an equivalent period (Jan. 10 to May 10) in 2010, records provided by the PNP Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) showed.

This year’s running tally has also surpassed the 21 elected officials who were killed in election-related incidents in an equivalent period (Jan. 14 to May 14) in 2007.

It is also higher than the 20 elected officials killed during the whole 2010 election period (Jan. 10 to June 9) and the 26 officials slain during the entire poll season of 2007 (Jan. 10 to June 9).

The 33 officials who were slain are among 52 people killed in 90 incidents that occurred in this year’s election period. The others are comprised of 14 supporters of candidates, two soldiers, a policeman, and a non-elected official.

Interestingly, the number of persons slain this year is now almost equal to the 54 who were killed during the whole election period of 2010, despite fewer incidents. A total of 176 incidents were recorded three years ago.

Asked on the seemingly higher percentage of deaths, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima said in a press briefing that some of this year’s attacks were aimed at groups of people.

“‘Yung opportunity na maging biktima ay malaki dahil magkakasama-sama sila, unlike before when there were targeted personalities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Purisima said the PNP will continue monitoring incidents and remain vigilant as there is an “expected mounting of actions of losing candidates.”

The PNP will continue enforcing the election gun ban and its house-to-house checks for firearms with expired licenses until June 12, he added. (John Roson)

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The number of people killed and injured in this year’s elections have already reached a level close to those of 2010, with still a month to go before the election period ends, police records showed Wednesday.

Fifty-two people were killed while 73 were injured in 90 election-related incidents from January 13 to May 13, records provided by the PNP Department of Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM) showed.

Fifty-four people died and 78 were injured in 176 incidents that occurred during the entire election period in 2010, which ran from January 10 to June 9, according to the DIDM.

This year’s election period started on January 13 and will end on June 13.

Meanwhile, DIDM records also showed that the number of politicians killed this year is now higher than that of 2010.

Thirty-three elected government officials were killed this year, higher than the 20 politicians killed three years ago. (John Roson)

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A Department of Education (Dep-Ed) official and a school principal were injured after being shot by armed men in Salipada K. Pendatun town, Maguindanao, Sunday morning, the military said.

Abas Minsu, the Dep-Ed’s district supervisor for the town, and Teng Mangindra, principal of the Bai Tumbabay Elementary School, were brought to a hospital in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, due to injuries, Army 6th Infantry Division spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said.

The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. while Minsu and Mangindra were riding a motorcycle at the boundary of Brgys. Ramcor and Bagundang.

Minsu and Mangindra were heading towards Brgy. Ramcor when one of two men on another motorcycle shot them with a caliber-.45 pistol, Hermoso said.

Local police are still trying to determine the assailants’ identities and motive, he said. (John Roson)

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