Zambo Norte police officer die in poll-related incident; mayoralty bet, 2 others arrested

Zambo Norte police officer die in poll-related incident; mayoralty bet, 2 others arrested

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte — Three people, including a candidate for mayor, were arrested after a police officer was killed and another wounded in an election-related incident in the nearby town of Tampilisan.

Insp. Ronald Allan Tingas, Tampilisan police chief, identified the arrested suspect as mayoralty candidate Alson Chan of the Alliance of Parties for Progress (APP).

The other two arrested suspects were identified as Alfredo Marso and Lito Jumawan, both supporters of Chan.

Killed was Senior Insp. Mirdan Usama, the team leader of the First Maneuvering Platoon of the Regional Public Safety Battalion-9 (RPSB-9) detailed in Tampilisan town.

Tingas said Usama’s subordinate identified as PO1 Melvin Padela was slightly wounded during the incident.

Tingas told the Philippines News Agency that the incident took place around 10 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Camul, Tampilisan, this province.

Tingas said Usama and two other policemen went to Barangay Camul to check on the reported gun fires at a lodging house owned by Chan.

He said they were denied access into the lodging house upon arrival. Moments later shots were heard coming from the garage hitting Usama.

He said Usama, before the falling unconscious, managed to call for back up. The wounded officer was rushed to Sibud County Hospital in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay but expired before arrival.

He said Chan and his two followers were arrested in a pursuit operation launched by combined police and Army forces.

The pursuing team has recovered seven firearms, including a rifle, envelopes containing money, and sample ballots stapled with money from Chan’s lodging house, according to Tingas.

He said appropriate cases will be filed against Chan and his two supporters. PNA/