MANILA, Philippines – A shootout between Zambales police and armed men Friday evening left a man dead and 10 others hurt, police said.
According to Senior Superintendent Michael Chavez, chief of Botolan Philippine National Police (PNP), a concerned citizen asked for police help around 6 p.m., saying that a group of men were harassing voters in Barangay Mambog.
The special reaction team of Botolan PNP responded to the scene to restore order.
However, one of the gunmen identified by Chavez as Cesar Mado opened fire at the police officers.
“Wala ng option ang ating mga kapulisan kung hindi mag-return fire,” Chavez told dzMM.
The ensuing gunfight led to the death of Mado, who was reportedly an ex-cop.
Ten others were injured and were brought to a nearby hospital. Their identities were not disclosed by police.
Chavez, meanwhile, assured the residents that security measures are being undertaken to ensure a peaceful election for the 2nd district of Zambales, which is scheduled to be held on Saturday.
The election is being held to fill up the post vacated by the late Rep. Antonio Diaz. -- With a report from Jeff Gallos, dzMM