MANILA - A former mayor of a town in Maguindanao who had earlier been accused of transporting drugs to Davao City was killed in an anti-drug operation, authorities said Friday.
Talib Abo, the former chief executive of Parang town, died after resisting arrest when he was served a search warrant in his home in Cotabato, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-ARMM).
His brother Bobby Abo was also killed in a separate operation by virtue of a search warrant.
Warrants were also served in the homes of Amelia Abo, daughter of Talib Abo and an incumbent Parang councilor running for the vice mayor post, and a certain Bai Amy Abo. There was no contraband found in Amelia Abo's home. A pistol and drugs were found inside Bai Amy Abo's house.
A 2006 MindaNews report earlier quoted then Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accusing Mayor Abo of transporting shabu from Cotabato City to Davao City passing through Kabacan in North Cotabato and Digos City.
Mayor Abo, however, denied the accusation.
More details to follow.
- report from Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News