exec slain; poll death toll now 24
By the PDI Mindanao Bureau
AN IMAM, who served as the
municipal chair of the National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections in Maguindanao, was
shot dead yesterday.
Because of the threats,
Concepcion said he was preparing insurance packages for all of Namfrel volunteers. Many of
the Namfrel officers are members of the clergy and the religious. In a statement,
Namfrel said Del Corro suffered a heart attack on May 2 after visiting three towns with
his wife as
The 68-year-old Namfrel provincial chair, who headed the poll watch group's chapter in Sultan Kudarat since 1986, was earlier asked by his family to turn over his duties because of his poor health.
In Bangued, Abra, Arthur Alcantara, 33, was shot at close range by two motorcyle-riding men Monday night. He was the campaign manager of mayoral candidate Rodolfo Mallare.
Alcantara was hit in the head with a 9mm bullet.
He was rushed to a clinic in Bangued where he died two hours later.
Abra killing. Also Monday night, a barangay captain was shot and killed in an ambush in Dolores town in Abra.
Resurrecion Talingdan, 42, barangay captain of
Salucag in Dolores, was driving her jeep when her attackers opened fire. Police recovered
41 empty shells from the ambush site. Early yesterday, the body of Maximo Tejada, a
leader of a tricycle drivers' group in Bangued, was found in a vacant
Tejada was reported to be a supporter of Conrado
Balweg, a congressional candidate of the Laban ng Makabayang Masang Pilipino. The killings
have added to the tension brewing in Abra as Balweg, former rebel priest, and former Abra
Gov. Vicente Valera step up their rivalry.
Police said the political atmosphere in Abra,
described as the ''hottest poll spot'' in Cordillera, could erupt with more
election-related killings if peace and order was not secured.
In Banna town, two men were hurt when their van
was fired upon by armed men. The slay attempt prompted police to recommend the activation
of night patrols in the town.
6 towns on watchlist
With reports from Donna S. Cueto and Andrea H. Trinidad in Manila; Rolando Fernandez, Alfred Dizon, Juliet Pascual, Cristina Arzadon and Gobleth Moulic, PDI Northern Luzon Bureau; and Tonette Orejas and Anselmo Roque, PDI Central Luzon Desk
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