• Three dead in Pampanga ambush

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    Three village officials were killed in an ambush in Bacolor, Pampanga  in an attack that could be linked to local political rivalries, police said on Sunday.

    The victims were aboard a government vehicle when attacked by two gunmen on a motorcycle late Saturday in the cited town, police said.

    “The victims were on their way back home when waylaid by unidentified masked armed men,” said local city police chief Ferdinand Perez.

    “They died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds.”

    Perez said that the motive for the attack was under investigation, although police were not discounting the possibility that it was linked to local politics.

    Voters across the country will choose leaders and council members in over 40,000 barangays in October.

    Elections in the country are often marred by violence, especially in contests involving local positions.

    Politicians are known to control “private armies” and bribery, intimidation and revenge killings are common.

    More than 60 people were killed in the run-up to the mid-term elections for members of the country’s legislature as well as town mayors and provincial governors in May.

    AFP

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