Unidentified armed men ambushed Sunday night the convoy of the vice mayor of South Upi, Maguindanao, police said.
Chief Supt. Noel Delos Reyes, police regional director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao where Maguindanao is a component province, said Vice Mayor Remegio Sioson escaped unscathed but his driver, Mario Erese, 45, was wounded.
According to Sioson, he and his military escorts was heading for home from Cotabato City where he attended a birthday party when the ambush occurred in Barangay Kabukay, in the border of North Upi and Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao at past 10:00 p.m.
Sioson’s military escorts, led by 1Lt. Clifford Catapang of the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team, returned fire forcing the ambushers to fled.
Sioson told police investigators he has no known enemy and believes the ambush was a case of mistaken identity.
Police Senior Inspector Ronaldo Cabugao, North Upi police chief, said the vice mayor’s vehicle did not stop during the first volley of fire while his escorts returned fire.
Cabugao quoted Sioson as saying that his driver sustained minor injuries and continued driving despite wounds on the shoulder.
The police and Philippine Marines are still investigating the incident. PNA