Maguindanao town mayor survives slay try

June 28, 2010 10:21 pm 

COTABATO CITY, June 28 -– An incumbent town mayor who was elected as vice mayor of a Maguindanao town survived an assassination attempt Monday afternoon here, police said.

Mayor Cabili Sumagka of Talitay, Maguindanao, was on board his pick-up vehicle near Sero Elementary School when two men riding in tandem on a motorbike overtook and opened fire on him using cal. 45 pistols.

Sumagka is a three-term mayor in a politically-hostile town of Talitay where, during the last election, he ran and won as vice mayor.

Senior Superintendent Willie Dangane, director of the Cotabato City police, said Sumagka, who is to assume as vice mayor of the same town on June 30, was on his way to Barangay Rosary Heights when ambushed at past 12 noon near the Cotabato City public cemetery.

The ambush site was less than 100 meters away from Police Station No. 2.

Dangane said the bullets pierced through the metal door and tinted window of pick-up truck, hitting Sumagka in different parts of his chest and abdomen.

Attending physicians at the Cotabato Medical Specialist Hospital where he was rushed declared Sumagka out of danger but has to stay in the hospital under heavy security.

Dangane has ordered a manhunt against the suspects who according to witnesses wore masks to conceal their identities.

Checkpoints were quickly put up in the city's entry and exit points.

"It was politically motivated," Dangane said, adding that there were already several attempts on the life of Sumagka during the campaign period.

Sumagka is an ally of former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. who was accused in the Maguindanao massacre. (PNA)



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