9 wounded as supporters of rival candidates clash in Sulu

Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 12:59 PM | Updated as of May 13 2019 03:17 PM

PARANG, Maguindanao (UPDATE) – Nine people were injured in a shooting incident in front of a polling center in Barangay Tiptipon, Sulu on Monday.

Six people sustained gunshot wounds while 3 others were hurt in a fistfight, according to the Joint Task Force Sulu. Those who sustained gunshot wounds were evacuated to Jolo for treatment.

"Nag-abot 'yung supporters ng iba’t ibang kandidato. Doon nagsimula 'yung nagkainitan at nagkaputukan,” said Police Gen. Graciano Mijares, regional director of the Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

(There was a heated exchange between supporters of rival candidates. They exchanged fire.)

Voting resumed after additional forces from the police and the Philippine Marines arrived to secure the area.

Apart from Sulu and the explosion incidents in Cotabato City and Maguindanao, voting was generally peaceful said Mijares.