Abra town councilor shot dead

A MUNICIPAL councilor was shot to death by still unidentified gunmen yesterday morning in a remote village in Abra, a perennial “hot spot” of election violence, police reports said.

Reports reaching Camp Crame identified the victim as Arnulfo Callos, a member of the Sanggunian Bayan of San Isidro town of said province.

A report sent by the Cordillera Regional Police Office said the incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. along Taft st., Zone 2 in Bangued town.

Reports said the unidentified suspects fled immediately after the incident.

The shooting took place in spite of the ongoing total election gun ban being enforced by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the barangay and youth council elections this coming October 25.

Latest update from the PNP’s National Election Monitoring Center (Nemac) in Camp Crame said that as of Wednesday, the total number of persons that have been arrested for election gun ban violations stood at 235.

The Nemac reports said that out of the 235 arrested gun-ban violators, 218 of them were civilians, nine are government officials or employees, five are policemen and three military personnel.  Anthony Vargas

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