• Masbate mayor survives NPA ambush

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    A MASBATE town mayor and his police security escort escaped death after their convoy was ambushed by a group of heavily armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) on Tuesday morning in a remote village in Balud town in Masbate province, belated police reports said on Friday. The reports said the convoy of Mayor Ruben Jude Lim that was on its way to attend a Christmas party in Barangay Mabuhay lso, Balud when an improvised explosive device (IED) suspected to have been planted by the rebels exploded around 9 a.m. along Barangay Ilaya. The explosion was followed by a hail of bullets fired by the rebels who took cover in a grassy portion of the national highway, the police reports added. A firefight ensued between Lim’s police escorts and the rebels, which lasted for about 30 seconds.

    ANTHONY VARGAS

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