Town Mayor killed, 6 others wounded in ambush
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A mayor in one of the 16 towns in Zamboanga Sibugay was killed while six others, including a vice mayor, were wounded in an ambush on Monday, October 12, the first day of the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for the 2016 elections.
Zamboanga Sibugay Public Safety Company commander William Gadayan said the ambush occurred around 3:50 p.m. Monday at Purok 7 in the village of Cayamcam, Tungawan.
Mayor Randy Climaco of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay, was killed on the spot.
Wounded were Tungawan Vice Mayor Abison Abduraok; Ernesto Segualan, San Isidro village chief; Charlie Dela Cruz, driver; Fortunato Mangubat; Carlnan Climaco; and Jembot Ricalde, militiaman.
Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma said Vice Mayor Abison was in serious condition in a hospital after being shot in the head.
Based on investigation, Climaco's group was aboard a pick-up type vehicle headed for Barangay Libertad from Barangay Batungan when ambushed by a group of unidentified gunmen. The heavily-armed attackers escaped.
Gadayan said hours before the incident, Climaco, along with his party mates, filed his COC for vice mayor.
The filing of the COC for the 2016 elections started Monday and will end on Friday, October 16.
Investigators were trying to determine the identity of the gunmen and the motive of the attack. (With AP/Sunnex)