ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police on Wednesday said unidentified gunmen have killed the father of a mayoralty candidate and wounded two of his companions in an ambush in Tungawan town in Zamboanga del Sur.
Police said three armed men riding a motorcycle were involved in the murder of Moin Samson, whose son Carl Climaco is running for mayor in the town. Two other men – Hasim Samson and Rashid Hassan – were wounded in the attack that occurred late Monday.
The victims were heading home on a motorcycle when tailing gunmen attacked them with automatic pistols. The motive of the attack is still unclear, and police would not say if the ambush was politically motivated.
There was no immediate statement from the family of Climaco, but their political allies claimed that many of them were getting death threats from unknown groups.
Climaco was himself wounded in an attack by gunmen in October last year that also killed Randy Climaco, the town’s mayor, and injured six others, including Tungawan Vice Mayor Abdurauf Abison and a municipal council member, Lovelife Caracol. The group had just filed their candidacy for the May national polls when ambushed near Batungan village.
Since then, about a dozen people – mostly supporters of the Climacos – have been slain in separate gun attacks in Tungawan, and the military would not take action on the spate of killings, saying it is the duty of the police to secure the town.