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Village chief hurt in Masbate shooting

/ 05:45 PM March 12, 2019

LEGAZPI CITY – A village chief was seriously wounded in a gun attack by unidentified gunmen in Balud town in Masbate province on Tuesday, police said.

Joseph Eswan, 36, village chief of Palani, was inside his house in Barangay Poblacion around 7 a.m Tuesday, when two men accosted him and suddenly fired.

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He was hit in various parts of his body, said Chief Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson.

The gunmen fled on board a motorcycle. Eswan was rushed to the Masbate Provincial Hospital for treatment.

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Calubaquib said the victim’s wife told the police that before the attack, the suspected gunmen were looking for Eswan to sell a gun.

She said the incident brings to five the election-related shooting incidents in Masbate. Two have died and three were wounded. Mar S. Arguelles/lzb

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