Father of mayoralty bet killed, 2 others wounded in Zamboanga ambush

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police said Wednesday that unidentified gunmen killed the father of a mayoralty candidate and wounded two of his companions in an ambush in Tungawan town, in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Three motorcycle-riding gunmen were involved in the murder of Moin Samson, whose son Carl Climaco is running for mayor in Tungawan, the police added.

Hasim Samson and Rashid Hassan, meanwhile, were both wounded in the attack, which occurred late Monday near a bridge in the village of Lower Tungawan.

Police said the victims were heading home on a motorcycle when the gunmen, who were tailing the trio, attacked them with automatic pistols.

The motive of the attack is still unclear, and police would not say if the ambush was politically motivated.

There was no immediate statement from the Climaco family, but their political allies claimed that many of them were getting death threats from unknown groups.

Climaco was himself wounded in an attack by gunmen in October last year that also killed Randy Climaco, the town’s mayor, and injured six others, including Tungawan Vice Mayor Abdurauf Abison and Councilor Lovelife Caracol.

The group had just filed their candidacies for the May national polls when gunmen ambushed them near Batungan village.

Since then, about a dozen people — mostly supporters of the Climacos — were slain in separate gun attacks in Tungawan. But the military would not take action on the spate of killings, saying it was the duty of the police to secure the town.