Politics eyed in killing of Isabela town mayor

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CAUAYAN CITY, Philippines—Police are eyeing politics as the motive behind the killing of Mayor Erlinda Mora-Domingo of the coastal town of Maconacon on Tuesday night in Quezon City.

Senior Supt. Franklin Moises Mabanag, Isabela police director, said investigators were looking into politics “as the strongest lead” behind the murder although he stressed that there was no election-related violence in the past in Maconacon, one of the three towns isolated from the rest of Isabela by the Sierra Madre mountain range and accessible only by plane or boat.

Mabanag said one of the arrested suspects was a Maranao.

He said they are probing if the suspect has links to one of the political opponents of Domingo, who was seeking second term.

“Her opponent is a converted Muslim and one of those arrested is a Maranao,” Mabanag said.

Maconacon Councilor Valentino Liberato, Domingo’s ally, said they had advised the mayor to get at least two bodyguards during the election period but she declined, saying that she had no enemies.

Domingo was shot and killed on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. outside the Park Ville Apartelle in Quezon City.

Her driver-bodyguard, Bernard Plasos, was confined at the East Avenue Medical Center for a bullet wound on the leg.

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  • ever green

    let the games begin……

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VBN5IUGKHSGIHDV5L6QVG2KBTI Leop233

    Baka naman nalaman ng asawa ng no. 2 nya, kaya tinambangan.

  • beerhunters

    “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our Leader, Qur’an is our Constitution, Shariah is our Law, Shahadath(martyrdom) is our Desire, Jihad is our Way, to Lie to and Deceive and  Chop Off the hands and heads of unbelieversINFIDELS wherever we find them-is our Bounden Duty.” Allahu Akbar!

    • Hurtlocker1

      SERIOUSLY????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTVNMZR22PGMS55WQPIJTYB4IY Jaime

    Arrest not only the shooter but the real brain of this crime.  That’s how it should work Philippines.

  • Jason Timbol

    TOOTH FOR A TOOTH. kaya naman sya naging mayor kasi pinatay din ang dating mayor dyan. si domingo noon ang vice mayor. suspetcha ng mga namatayan si vice mayor domingo ang nagpapatay sa nakaupong mayor para naman sya ang uupo.

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