Police tighten security in southern Philippines after twin explosions

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police tightened security in the provinces in southern Philippines, following a series of attacks on politicians ahead of next month’s general elections.

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Four people were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on Wednesday in the village of Pandan in Maguindanao’s South Upi town. The victims were all followers of Vice Mayor Remegio Sioson, who is running for mayor under the PDP-Laban.

The politician, whose group had been campaigning in the town, was unhurt from the blast.

In the neighboring North Cotabato province, a fragmentation grenade was also lobbed into the house of Muhyryn Sultan Casi, the mayor of Pikit town. Casi is also running for vice mayor in the town with his father, Sumulong, as his mayor.

Both politicians are running under the ruling Liberal Party of President Beningno Aquino III.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks, but police suspect these were politically-motivated. AL JACINTO

AJ/BF

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