A BOARD member of Palawan with his wife, the incumbent mayor of Bataraza town, and their two police escorts escaped unhurt after a group of unidentified armed men opened fire at their vehicle on Wednesday in a remote village in Brooke’s Point, in the province.
Reports reaching the PNP National Operating Center in Camp Crame on Thursday identified the victims as Hji Abraham Ibba, ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Mayor Hja Katrina Ibba, and their two escorts – Police Officers 2 Calingao and Havie Asarab.
Police said victims were on board a white colored Expedition vehicle on their way to Bataraza town coming from Puerto Princesa City when waylaid by unidentified armed men at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.
It added that the attackers quickly fled towards an unspecified direction following the attack.
The recent ambush was reportedly the second attempt on Ibba who is running for Bataraza town mayor in the May 9 elections.
In November last year, Ibba with his driver and two police escorts also survived an ambush in the remote village of Tarusan, also in Bataraza. He escaped unhurt but his driver and two escorts were seriously wounded.
Bataraza town is a first class municipality in Palawan, named after Datu Bataraza Narrazid, a locally influential Muslim chieftain. Located on the southernmost tip of mainland Palawan, Bataraza was part of the municipality of Brooke’s Point until 1964.