Phl governor escapes death; 1 killed

Phl governor escapes death; 1 killed

Manila : Philippines | Aug 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM PDT
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57 people were murdered in Maguindanao, in November 2009, to stop a rival from an elections challenge

Governor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu of Maguindanao province in southern Philippines escaped death after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Tacurong City at around 3: 25 p.m. Monday.

According to reports gathered by Allvoices, the bomb was planted inside a car parked along the road and exploded a few minutes after Mangudadatu’s convoy passed by.

Tacurong City information officer Allan Freno said the explosion left one dead and wounded seven others..

Freno said the casualty was inside the vehicle where the EID exploded. The car was parked 200 meters away from the so-called roundball and just near a government-owned bank.

Wounded were passengers who have alighted from a Toyota Fortuner with plate number LGU 933.

Among the wounded was a board member, his son and two bodyguards.

Mangudadatu said it was clear that he was the prime target because the bomb exploded close his bullet proof car.

"The bomb was planted inside a KIA vehicle, which was just near my car where I sat,” said Mangudadatu.

Mangudadatu’s wife and some bodyguards were among the victims of a massacre on November 2009 in Maguindanao.

The massacre, which was allegedly carried out by his closest political rival, the Ampatuan family, left 57 deaths, including 31 print and broadcast journalists.

More than 200 suspects are now facing charges filed before the regional trial court in Quezon City.

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Map showing Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines
Map showing Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines
omeroscar is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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