Labangan town security strengthened-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
THE police and military authorities have undertaken measures to prevent escalation of violence in the town of Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
The move came as tension is high after the death of Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa and three of his relatives, including an 18-month-old boy.
Zamboanga del Sur police director Senior Superintendent Sofronio Ecaldre disclosed he has deployed personnel from the Provincial Public Safety Battalion to beef up the police forces in Labangan in the maintenance of peace and order.
Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Victor Tanggawohn said he has also assigned soldiers to augment the police forces in Labangan town to assure public safety in the area.
The tension was brought about by the attack of gunmen around 10 p.m. Friday on the residence of former Mayor Wilson Nandang in the village of Dalapang, Labangan.
The attack took place almost 12 hours after Talumpa and three of his close relatives, including his wife, were killed by motorcycle riding unidentified gunmen outside the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA).
No one was either killed or injured in the attack at the residence of Nandang as well as on the attackers since the house caretakers managed to return fire.
Nandang was not around during the incident since he and his family have left the municipality of Labangan after he lost to Talumpa in the mayoralty race last May.
Talumpa, his wife, and a nephew were buried last Saturday at a family owned cemetery in Lower Sang-an, Labangan, in accordance to Muslim rites.