Cavite town vice mayor at bodyguard nito, patay sa ambush


The vice mayor of Trece Martires town in Cavite was gunned down Saturday afternoon, the third slay of a local official this week.

Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan and his driver were killed outside the Korean-Philippines Hospital in his town past 3:00 p.m., police said.

The gunman, aboard an SUV, hit Lubigan's pickup truck along the Trece Martires–Indang Road and shot the vice mayor, according to Senior Supt. William Segun, Cavite provincial director.


Lubigan died on the spot, he said.

Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, regional director of CALABARZON Police, said he has directed his men to form a special intelligence task group to investigate the official's killing.

"We have to look on the angles on the occupation of the vice mayor since election is fast approaching and considering the history of Trece Martires, most of the angle there is political feud in Trece Martires," Carranza told ANC.

Malacañang, while condemning Lubigan's ambush, asked that the police "conduct a fair and thorough investigation and spare no effort in getting to the bottom of this latest crime."

"We must band together and put an end to the worrisome incidents of violence involving local politicians," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The Commission on Human Rights, meanwhile, also urged the government to conduct a "truthful investigation."


"Lubhang nakakabahala 'yong mga balitang nakakalap natin ngayon sa pagpaslang sa mga opisyal ng pamahalaan lalo na ang lokal na opisyal," CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia told DZMM radio.

(We are severely alarmed about news reports we receive regarding the killing of government officials, especially local officials.)

"At sabi nga natin, kinakailangan na ipakita ng pamahalaan na mayroong truthful investigation na isinasagawa ang ating kapulisan at siguraduhin na may pananagutan ang mga nasa likod ng insidenteng ito."

(As we have said, the government must show that there is truthful investigation being conducted by the police and that those behind the killings will be held responsible.)

Lubigan's death followed the slay of mayors in Batangas and Nueva Ecija earlier this week.

Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili of Batangas was shot dead on Monday during a flag ceremony. The gunman was supposedly perched on a grassy area near the crime scene.

Source: ABS-CBN
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