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Vice mayor escapes death, 2 injured in Philippine ambush

PAGADIAN CITY – A southern Filipino town deputy mayor escaped death, but two other people were wounded when gunmen ambushed them in Misamis Occidental province, north of Mindanao.

Police said the politician, Annabelle Hamoy, was travelling in a vehicle in her town in Don Victoriano Chiongbian when gunmen opened fire at their convoy, hitting her driver and a security aide on Monday afternoon.

The deputy mayor was heading to Zamboanga del Sur province when armed men attacked them.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the ambush and it was unknown if the attack was politically motivated or not. The communist rebel group New People’s Army is also actively operating in the province and notorious for attacking civilians and government targets.

The town is also under the so-called “areas of concern” of the Commission on Elections due to political violence in previous elections. (Mindanao Examiner)

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