Shootout in Bacoor, Cavite involving alleged supporters of congressional bet Plaridel Abaya. (Jerome Ascano/NPPA Images)2 killed in Cavite shootout
Monday, 10 May 2010 19:24
A SENIOR staff of ex-Cavite Representative Plaridel Abaya
and one of his military bodyguards were killed in a shootout with policemen in Bacoor, Cavite yesterday afternoon.
They reportedly tried to rescue their supporters who were arrested for alleged vote-buying and shot and seriously wounded one officer.Retired Col. Arnulfo Obillos
, reportedly a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1967
and a Marine soldier identified only as Espiritu exchanged fire with members of the Bacoor Municipal Police Station after they tried to storm the police station and disarmed one of the duty policemen of his M-16 rifle
, said Cavite Provincial Police Office director, Senior Supt. Primitivo Tabujara Jr.
Tabujara said Abaya, who is seeking anew the 2nd congressional seat of Cavite against Lani Mercado, wife of administration Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., is now under arrest along with two other supporters.
Investigation showed that Abaya, Obillos and a number of soldiers and civilians with guns went to the Bacoor police headquarters to seek the release of some of his supporters who were held for alleged vote-buying.
“The alleged vote-buyers were turned over by concerned citizens to the Bacoor police 10:30 a.m.,” he said.
Four hours later, the group of Abaya, on board two vehicles, arrived at the police headquarters and immediately grabbed the M-14 rifle of a policeman who was outside the station.
The group also attempted to take an M-60 machinegun outside the station
. Another policeman saw the incident and sought the help of his superiors who were inside their station.
One of the responding policemen identified as Police Officer 2 Manuel Gacosta was shot by the armed men in the head prompting the other lawmen to return fire killing Obillos on the spot.
Tabujara said the other Marine soldier died while undergoing treatment in a local hospital. With a report from Alex T. Silvahttp://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/nation...e-shootout.html
Armed policemen secure the shootout scene while investigators inspect one of the two dead security personnel of congressional candidate Del Abaya behind a jeep with a mounted machine gun, in Bacoor, Cavite province south of Manila on May 10, 2010 following a clash between Abaya's security escort and police outside the Bacoor police municipal station. Two of the escorts were shot dead after they confronted policemen in Bacoor town for detaining some of the congressman's supporters, while a policeman was seriously wounded said provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Primitivo Tabujara. Ten people were killed in outbreaks of violence as millions of Filipinos went to the polls in nationwide elections, authorities said. Getty Images logo Getty Images 18 hours ago