‘Political violence’ in Mindanao town

VILLAGERS have called for more security in the town of Labangan in Zamboanga del Sur province in Mindanao following the spate of “political violence” in the area.

Four houses owned by Mayor Wilson Nandang were recently burned under mysterious circumstances. There was suspicion that the fire was deliberate and police said it was investigating the cause of the blaze.

“We are still investigating what triggered the fire,” the town’s deputy police chief, Lito Insong, said.

A journalist, Edison Flamiña Sr, who doubled as an electrician, was shot dead by an unidentified gunman shortly after he inspected one of the burned houses.

Journalists who went to the area said they were tailed by suspicious motorcycle-riding men who asked them about their coverage.

Villagers said the political violence in the town had resulted in the deaths over the years, but witnesses are afraid to come out for fear of their lives. Mark Navales

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