STA. MARIA -- A Commission on Elections (Comelec) assistant officer here survived an ambush Wednesday afternoon while he was driving home in his motorcycle.

Juanito Villalba, 60, is now in stable condition and recuperating at a private hospital in Urdaneta City.

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Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Ben Bince, local police investigator, said that the victim positively identified to the police the gunman.

The suspect and his companion allegedly were not wearing any face or head gear to conceal their identities.

Bince said that the person pinpointed at by Villalba was invited to the police station to shed light on the allegation. They already submitted the case against the suspect for inquest at the fiscal’s office.

Initial investigation disclosed that the shooting incident transpired passed 5 p.m.

Villalba was already at the national road at his barangay in San Alejandro when he noticed two motorcycle-riding men following him.

The suspects allegedly fired at him twice, one of the bullets pierced his back and exited at his side.

The investigators believe that the shooting incident is not work-related.

Accordingly, Villalba received death threats in 2007.