Village official killed on election day-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, October 28, 2013
A VILLAGE official, who is seeking reelection, was shot dead before he could cast his vote Monday in the hinterlands of Basilan province, the police reported.
Basilan police director Senior Superintendent Mario Dapillosa said the incident took place around 7 a.m. Monday in Sitio Lebbak, Barangay Bohebaca in Tipo-Tipo town.
Dapillosa identified the fatality as Hadji Faizal Mohammad, 59, a village councilman of Bohelebung, Tipo-Tipo.
Dapillosa said investigation showed the victim was on his way to cast his vote in the village of Badja, Tipo-Tipo, when intercepted by an unidentified gunman.
The polling precinct of Bohelebung was transferred to Badja as a result of the clustering of precincts implemented by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for security reasons.
Dapillosa said the suspect pulled a gun and shot Mohammad following a heated argument that resulted to the death of the official.
The official said an investigation is underway.
Meanwhile, unidentified voters have snatched the ballot boxes of two polling precincts in the nearby Ungkaya Pukan municipality.
The ballot boxes of Precincts 51-A and 51-B in the village of Bohesuyak, were snatched around 12:50 p.m. Monday, said Ungkaya Pukan police chief Senior Inspector Allan Benasing.
The suspects fled towards the village of Materling of the same town, he added.