ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 26, 2009) – A mayor in Zamboanga Sibugay province was killed in an attack Sunday in Pagadian City, reports said.
Reports said Abdul Ayon, the mayor of Malangas town, was shot by motorcycle gunmen who escaped after the shooting. The motive of the attack was unknown and police suspect the killing could be connected to politics.
ABS-CBN television reported that Ayon was shot outside a mall. It was not immediately known if Ayon was alone or not.
In 2001, two gunmen also killed the mayor of Malangas, Denia Tapodoc, and injured 7 other town officials. The gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons on the officials during a festivity.
Filipinos are to elect their new leaders in May 2010 and politicians are expected to file their candidacy on November.
Elections in the Philippines are traditionally bloody. Many politicians maintain private armed goons to harass their opponents and intimidate voters. (Mindanao Examiner)