Monday, July 05, 2010

Philippine town deputy mayor escapes ambush, driver killed

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 5, 2010) – A southern Philippine town deputy mayor escaped unhurt after gunmen ambushed his car, but his driver was killed in the attack that also left the politician’s wife and two cousins injured, police said on Monday.

Police said the attack on the group of vice mayor Dianaton Tanog occurred at the weekend in Lanao del Sur’s Madalum town. The politician was on his way home in Pualas town when gunmen opened fire on his car in the village of Dandamun.

Tanog’s driver was killed in the ambush and the other passengers were wounded in the strafing. Tanog just came from Marawi City where he took his oath along with other elected officials when the attack occurred.

Police would not say if the attack was politically motivated or an offshoot of a clan war which is not uncommon in Lanao del Sur, one of five provinces under the restive Muslim autonomous region.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the ambush, but police said it is investigating the attack. “There is an investigation going on,” said Chief Superintendent Bienvenido Latag, the regional police chief. (Mindanao Examiner)

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