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La Union candidate, 4 others wounded in gun attack

DAGUPAN CITY —- A La Union candidate for councilor of Balaoan town and his four companions were wounded in a Friday night (May 3) attack, police said on Saturday (May 4).

Rogelio Concepcion, husband of Balaoan Vice Mayor Nadine Joy Concepcion and cousin of slain Balaoan Vice Mayor Al-Fred Concepcion, is now in stable condition at a hospital, according to Police Major Silverio Ordinado, La Union police spokesperson.

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His companions, Christian Estrada, Bernabe Ordinado Sr., Teodorico Magleo and Mark Francis Arciaga, survived when armed men inside a van opened fire at their two-vehicle convoy. They were on their way home when they were ambushed along Nagsabaran Norte village at 8:18 p.m.

In a social media post on Friday night, reelectionist Balaoan Mayor Aleli Concepcion said: “The enemy strikes again to sow fear in our hearts and terrorize us. Lord, please let peace reign in Balaoan. Shield us from evil and violence.”

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On Nov. 14 last year, Mayor Concepcion was wounded after armed men fired at her car as she and her father, Al-Fred, were being driven to the municipal hall. Al-Fred and his aide, Michael Ulep, were killed and eight others were wounded during the attack. Nadine Joy assumed Al-Fred’s post by succession being the top-ranking councilor.

The Concepcion family had offered a P10-million reward for the arrest of the vice mayor’s killers but to date, police have yet to arrest a suspect.

At the start of the election period in January, the Commission on Elections declared Balaoan and Agoo towns as “areas of grave concern” in La Union.

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