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Shootout mars eve of Election Day in Nueva Ecija town, 5 hurt

May 9, 2022 @ 9:57
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A shootout involving the security detail of two mayoral candidates in General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija led to the arrest of 24 persons including four who were wounded during the encounter.

A Punto Central Luzon report said the alleged armed encounter took place in Purok Gulod in Barangay Concepcion at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

The town’s police chief Capt. Ronan James Eblahan said the five wounded were civilian security personnel of former mayor Virgilio Bote while the other 19 were working for reelectionist Mayor Isidro Pajarillaga.

The Punto report quoted Eblahan as saying that: “Upon arrival of the responding officers, they saw one white Nissan Navarra and a gray Ford Raptor both penetrated with multiple gun shots and four wounded personnel of mayoralty candidate Bote.”

Authorities said they confiscated from the 19 other men five M16 rifles, 11 .45 pistols, three 9mm pistols, a .40 pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun, police said.

The police said they also seized several live ammunition for the firearms.

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