Former councilman escapes ambush


IT wasn’t his time yet.

A former barangay councilor who is running in this month’s elections was wounded in an assassination attempt which police blamed on the victim’s political rivals.

Police said the second election-related violent attack targeted Constancio Albo, 67, former barangay kagawad of Barangay Santo Domingo, who was shot twice by a lone gun man wearing bonnet in front of his store.

Albo, according to probers, is now out of danger following the assassination attempt along Florentino Street at around 9 a.m. on Friday.
Supt. Osmundo De Guzman, QCPD Station 1 commander, said Albo was still undergoing treatment Capitol Medical Center where witnesses rushed him.

De Guzman said they are eyeing political rivalry as the strongest motive for the shooting of Albo as he has been tagged in the killing of an incumbent barangay kagawad running for re-election a month ago.

Police identified the slain official as Ramon Igarta, alias Monching, also of Barangay Santo Domingo. Igarta was also an insurance agent at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) branch near the corner of P. Florentino Street and Biak na Bato of the same barangay.

Igarta was said to be riding a motorcycle along with his son-in-law and was on their way to the LTO branch at around 1:30pm of September 3 when a lone gunman also wearing bonnet suddenly approached him.

The suspect with a drawn .45 caliber pistol fired thrice at the victim at close range, killing him instantly.

Meanwhile, a jeepney driver and a teenager were killed in a separate shooting incident in the city Thursday night.

Police identified the fatalities as Ruben Reguya Jr., 33, and Adrian
Villones, 15, who both died while being treated at a local hospital after they were shot shortly before 9 p.m.

The two were reportedly talking with a woman inside a parked jeepney when the incident occurred.

The motive for the shooting remains unknown.

Jing Villamente


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