PNP probes gun attack on Misamis Occidental mayoral bet

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Posted at Mar 14 2022 04:43 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2022 02:36 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) — The Philippine National Police is investigating the shooting incident that wounded a mayoral candidate in Calamba town, Misamis Occidental.

Police are considering politics as one of the motives for the attack.

"The campaign for the local candidates is drawing near, so we have to re-examine the political climate in Calamba town and all other LGUs," PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement.

"But for now, investigators are still gathering more evidence, including the testimony from the victim."

Police said George Matunog Jr. was walking towards his home in Barangay Southwestern Poblacion when he was shot by a motorcycle-riding assailant on Sunday.

The victim sustained a gunshot wound in his right cheek. He is in stable condition while recuperating at a hospital in Ozamiz City, the police said.

According to a witness, the gunman wore a yellow jacket, Carlos said.

Local police said the victim is involved in a land dispute in the same area where he was shot.

"'Yung biktima isa sa mayoralty aspirant independent party siya. Tapos contractor siya tsaka itong biktima may present land dispute siya. Involved siya sa present land dispute dito sa area doon mismo sa pinangyarihan ng krimen. ‘Yun din ‘yong isang pinagtutuunan namin ng pansin baka may kinalaman ‘yong land dispute," Calamba Police Station chief Police Lieutenant Richmond Itcay said.

(The victim is an independent mayoralty candidate. He is also a contractor and is involved in a land dispute. He is involved in a land dispute in the same area where the crime happened. We are also looking at it since the land dispute may have something to do with what happened.)

Authorities are still investigating the incident. They are also waiting for Matunog to execute his affidavit, since he allegedly was able to identify the gunman.

Over 18,000 national and local positions are waiting to be filled in the May 9 elections.

- with report from Dynah Diestro

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