Saturday, April 24, 2010

CamSur Politician's Murder Attempt Left One Wounded

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Suspected communist rebels shot an aspiring politician but wounded another man instead in Bgy Lupi, Tinambac, Camarines Sur at around 6:00pm yesterday, a military officer said.

Major Harold M Cabunoc, Division Spokesperson, said that a lone gunman approached aspiring Municipal Councilor Danilo Magno and shot him at point blank range. The gun misfired giving Magno a chance to run away to save his life.

The second shot hit the abdomen of a certain Bobby Lorella, who served as Vice Mayoralty candidate Irven Borja’s driver.

1st Lieutenant Dean Elliot, the Army Company Commander based in Tinambac, said that he immediately sent a platoon of soldiers to investigate the shooting incident.

“They were attending the political rally of congressional candidate Teddy Cruz of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD yesterday in Bgy Lupi,” Elliot said. “Cruz’s party had just departed when a lone gunman shot Danilo Magno from behind, but the gun did not fire. Lorrella was hit by the second shot fired by the assailant.”

Responding soldiers recovered a dud ammo and a spent shell for 9mm pistol in the crime scene.

Lorella is now recuperating in a private hospital in Naga City. Attending physicians had declared him as “in stable condition”.

Magno is the second Camsur politician to be attacked by suspected communist rebels.
On March 4, 2010, Ponciano Numeron, also running as a municipal councilor in Pasacao town, was brutally murdered by communist rebels for refusing to pay the PTC/PTW. The killing of Numeron was claimed by the terrorist rebel group.

\Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, directed the 42nd Infantry Battalion to conduct pursuit operations to hunt down the suspects.

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