• Bukidnon municipal chief shot at NPA rebel checkpoint

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Gunmen shot and wounded a Bukidnon town mayor early Saturday, reports said.

    It said the vehicle of Mayor Joelito Jacosalem Talaid, of Bukidnon’s Kadingilan town, was flagged down by gunmen at a checkpoint in the village of Kibogtok. But it was unclear why gunmen shot the politician or whether he had put up a fight.

    Other reports said two the mayor’s bodyguards were reportedly killed by the gunmen, who also carted some P7 million from Talaid’s vehicle.

    No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the shootings, but communist rebels are actively operating in the province and had previously warned politicians against campaigning in so-called guerrilla zones.

    Al Jacinto

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