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WHAT WENT BEFORE: Election-related killings

/ 05:34 AM January 31, 2019

Several election-related killings have been reported around the country since the filing of certificates of candidacy in October last year.

In Cebu province, Mayor Lakambini Reluya of San Fernando survived an ambush by armed men at Barangay Linao in Talisay City on Jan. 22. Her husband Ricardo, who was with her in the van, was killed.

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Last Dec. 22, Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, who was running for mayor of Daraga, Albay province, and his police escort were gunned down during a Christmas gift-giving activity in the town.

Police tagged Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the brains behind the murder. Baldo was recently arrested for illegal gun possession.

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Last Nov. 14, gunmen killed Vice Mayor Al-Fred Concepcion of Balaoan, La Union province, and one of his aides. His daughter, Mayor Aleli Concepcion, survived the ambush.

The Concepcions were traveling in separate cars and were about 300 meters from the town center when the attackers peppered their vehicles with bullets.

Last Oct. 19, Jose Alan Joson, who was running for councilor in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija province, was shot and killed in front of his house, eight days after he filed his certificate of candidacy.

Certificates of candidacy

Politicians filed their certificates of candidacy last Oct. 11-17.

The election period—marked by the implementation of a gun ban, tighter security measures and other prohibitions—for the May 13 midterm polls started on Jan. 13.

The campaign period for national candidates will start on Feb. 12. For representatives and those seeking elective provincial, city and municipal posts, the campaign period will start on March 30. —Inquirer Research

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