Gunmen fire at house of mayoral bet's ally

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Despite the Commission on Elections memorandum on the gun ban, three unidentified men fired at the house of an ally of incumbent mayoral re-electionist Jose Mari "Jomar" Hizon in Barangay San Antonio in Bacolor on election day.

This city's Chief of Police Superintendent Jean Fajardo said that the house of victim Eugene Yumul, 27, in Bulaon Resettlement in the said barangay was fired at by suspects on board a silver Toyota Vios with no plate at 4:30 a.m. on Monday.

Fajardo disclosed that Yumul, who is an identified leader of Hizon during the campaign period, received a note from the suspects which said “Tigilan niyo ang pamimili ng boto at ang mga flying voters kung hindi ay susunod na kayo.”

But when Yumul invited the suspects to go inside, they allegedly strafed the house of the victim. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident, Fajardo said.

“Based on our initial assessment, it was also a case of mistaken identity because Yumul resides beside the house of aspiring councilor Aldrin Nacpil who is running under the team of Mayor Hizon who might be the target of assault,” she said.

San Antonio Barangay Captain Vener Pineda also disclosed that he and former village chief Edison Reyes, who are both supporting the candidacy of Hizon, also received the same threats yesterday.

Meanwhile, the house of another alleged supporter of Hizon in Barangay Pandacaqui was also assaulted on the evening of May 7.

According to victim Normando David, he was a former supporter of comebacking Mayor Romeo “Buddy” Dungca, Jr. but shifted support to the incumbent mayor.

No one was hurt in the incident but the victim’s house was shot six times, the report said.

Police are now investigating the incidents.

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