Kalinga mayor shot

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

A TOWN mayor in Kalinga province was shot and wounded by a man whose dog was hit by the mayor's vehicle on Saturday night.

Superintendent Davy Vicente Lim-mong, spokesman of the Cordillera regional police, said Mayor James Edduba of Pasil town was initially rushed to the Tabuk Provincial Hospital in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

He was later transferred to the St. Paul Hospital in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and is now in stable condition.

Lim-mong said the incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sitio Pinagan in Lucog village in Tabuk City.

"Initial investigation by Kalinga police reveals that the mayor and company were on board a Ford pick-up truck going towards Tabuk City when they accidentally hit a dog at the side of the road that prompted the suspect to shot the victim," said Lim-mong.

Police withheld the identity of the suspect, saying follow-up operations are ongoing to arrest him.

Lim-mong said policemen "are still in hot pursuit operation for the possible arrest of the suspect."

He said a task force, named Special Investigation Task Group Edduba, was created to hasten the investigation and suspect's arrest.

The body is headed by Kalinga provincial director Senior Superintendent Victor Wanchakan. (VR/Sunnex)

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