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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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A total of 94 persons were arrested while P1.164 million was confiscated in operations against vote buying this election season, police said Thursday.

Of those arrested, 83 have been charged in court while 11 are still undergoing investigation, Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, chief of the PNP Directorate for Operations’ statistics and reports division, said in a briefing.

Fifty-nine incidents of vote buying were recorded in the entire country from Jan. 13 to May 13, but only 46 of these have been confirmed so far, De Leon said.

Of the confirmed incidents, eight occurred in the Zamboanga Peninsula, followed by seven in Ilocos region, five in Caraga, four each in Bicol, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas, three each in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Western Visayas, two in Cagayan Valley, and one each in Mimaropa, Northern Mindanao, and Central Mindanao, according to records presented by De Leon.

In Central Luzon, three persons were arrested and charged for two vote buying incidents that involved P505,700.

A total of 13 alleged incidents of vote buying were also reported in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Central Mindanao, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Eleven people were arrested and are still undergoing investigation for these incidents.

Despite the arrests, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima said the police still need to brush up on its campaign against vote buying.

“We need to review our elements of vote buying.. If there is a vague interpretation there, all cases will be dismissed,” Purisima said. (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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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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Two soldiers were killed while six others were injured as suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members ambushed government troops escorting precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in Tabuk City, Kalinga, Thursday morning, police and military officials said.

Senior Supt. Froilan Perez, Kalinga provincial police director, identified the slain soldiers as Cpl. Wilfredo Bacacao and Cpl. Allen Pattaguan, both of the Army’s 17th Infantry Battalion.

Injured were Pfc. Delfin Goyagoy, Ssgt. Rico Delacuesta, Sgt. Wayne Aguinaldo, Tsgt. Herminigildo Vergara, Tsgt. Constante Alupani, and Ssgt. Michael Adducul, also members of the 17th IB.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m., while Commission on Elections (Comelec) representatives carrying PCOS machines were convoying along the Kalinga-Bontoc road in Sitio Patiking, Brgy. Bagumbayan, escorted by policemen and Army troopers.

Perez said the group was heading towards Balbalan town when an undetermined number of armed men fired upon the soldiers, who were at the convoy’s tail.

“Pinalampas muna ‘yung mga taga-Comelec, BEIs (board of election inspectors), saka ‘yung PNP escort, pero pagdating dun sa Army inupakan na sila,” Perez said in a phone interview.

Col. Loreto Magundayao, spokesman of the Army’s 5th Infantry Division, said the soldiers and policemen were able to return fire, but it was not known if the rebels also suffered casualties.

“Ang mahalaga naman dun, ‘yung mga taga-Comelec safe sila at saka ‘yung PCOS machine nai-safe nila kaagad at hindi naman nasira or nakuha,” Magundayao said.

Perez said the local police’s “quick reaction force” is now conducting checkpoints to intercept rebels who may be wounded.

“‘Yun na lang ang magagawa namin sa ngayon kasi karamihan ng tropa namin sa PNP naka-deploy na sa mga polling centers kasi bukas na ‘yung final testing ng PCOS machines. Sa Army, may hot pursuit operations sila ngayon,” Perez said. (John Roson)

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Councilor shot dead in Masbate

An incumbent councilor was killed while another man was injured after they were shot by unidentified gunmen in Balud, Masbate, on Sunday, police said.

Senior Supt. Heriberto Olitoquit, Masbate provincial police director, identified the fatality as Councilor Ladislao Macuha, 66, resident of Brgy. Guinbanwahan.

One Florido Villalobos was hit by a stray bullet and was taken to the Balud Municipal Hospital before he was transferred to a medical facility in Masbate City, Olitoquit said.

The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. in Sitio Tambobo, Brgy. San Andres.

“There is a strong possibility that this might be a politically-motivated incident, but the PNP is not discounting other motives,” said Insp. Alex Moral, Masbate PNP police-community relations officer.

A check on the Commission on Elections’ website revealed that Macuha was not running for any post this year, despite getting the highest number of votes among those who were elected as councilor in 2010.

But incumbent Brgy. Guinbanwahan chairman Geilord Macuha, a relative of Ladislao’s, is running as councilor this year under the United Nationalist Alliance.

Sunday’s incident came just a day after another councilor, who was running as vice mayor, was shot dead in Mobo on Saturday.

Isagani Lupango, who occupied a seat in the Mobo town council as president of the local association of barangay captains, was said to be the “most influential” candidate for vice mayor in their town. (John Roson)

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A man running for councilor died after being shot by still unidentified gunmen at his home in San Fernando City, La Union, on Sunday night, police said.

Danilo Nisperos Sr., 59, died at the Bethany Hospital while he was undergoing treatment for bullet wounds, Ilocos regional police spokesman Supt. Jovencio Badua said.

The incident occurred around 7:57 p.m. at Nisperos’ home in Purok 7, Brgy. Bangcusay.

Found at the scene were five spent shells and five slugs from a still unidentified type of firearm, Badua said.

Nisperos had filed his candidacy for a seat in the city council, the regional police spokesman said.

Nisperos was running under the banner of the National Unity Party, according to the Commission on Elections’ list of candidates.

Investigators have yet to determine identities of the assailants, who were seen fleeing towards the diversion road in Brgy. Biday on a motorcycle, Badua said.

Local police have already sent “flash alarms” to authorities in neighboring towns in hope to locate the assailants, he added.

Last November, Interior and Local Secretary Mar Roxas identified La Union as among 15 provinces placed in a “watch list” for election-related violence.

Nisperos’ death also came on the heels of separate shooting incidents that left one mayoralty candidate dead and another injured this month in Ilocos Norte, which belongs to the same region as La Union. (John Roson)

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A barangay chairman running for mayor was killed while two other people, including a child, were injured after being shot by still unidentified men in Marcos, Ilocos Norte, on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Alfredo Arce, chairman og Brgy. Fortuna, succumbed to several bullet wounds, Ilocos regional police spokesman Supt. Jovencio Badua said.

Arce was running for mayor in Marcos as an independent candidate, according to the Commission on Elections’ list of candidates.

The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m., while Arce was at the home of the Macatiag family in Brgy. Fortuna, Badua said.

It was not immediately known what Arce was doing at that time.

A certain Apoljoy Joaquin, 21, and Karljayan Agustin, 5, also got hit in the shooting and were both taken to the Sta. Teresita Hospital, Badua said.

Authorities are still trying to determine the identities and motive of the assailants, who were last seen escaping towards the north on a motorcycle.

The incident is the second gun attack on a mayoralty candidate of Marcos this year.

On February 4, incumbent Mayor Salvador Pillos was shot and injured while inspecting a construction project in Brgy. Lydia.

Pillos is seeking re-election under the Lakas Christian and Muslim Democrats party, according to the Comelec.

Before Saturday’s shooting, the mayoralty race was a three-way contest among Arce, Pillos, and Arsenio Agustin, of the Nacionalista Party. (John Roson)

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