Zambo Sur town mayor, companions unscathed in ambush-try

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan 3 (PNA) -- The police are conducting an in-depth investigation to unmask the gunmen behind the ambush slay-try of a town mayor and his companions in Zamboanga Sibugay province.

Supt. Rogelio Alabata, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, on Tuesday disclosed the incident took place around 6:30 p.m. Monday along the national highway in Barangay Basalem, Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Unscathed during the incident were Mayor Eugenio Salva Jr. of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur; Rico Ranido, driver; PO2 Markwin Caylan, police security; and a companion, Roger Brazil.

Alabata said Salva told the police investigator that they heard gunshots but did not mind believing it was only firecrackers explosion while they were traversing Barangay Basalem, Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay.

He said Salva and his companions were en route to Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur at the time of the incident.

He said the mayor noticed a bullet hole and recovered a deformed slug inside the passenger door of the vehicle.

The slug was turned over to the police in Buug town for ballistic examination.

Alabata said that Salva is puzzled as to who could be behind the incident since the mayor has no known enemies.