Police eye personal dispute behind Sibuco ambush PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2016 13:56

by Allen Abastillas


Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Edwin Wagan said on Wednesday the ambush that wounded three policemen and two civilians in Sibuco last Sunday could have been carried out with personal grudge as motive.

However, police investigators are not discounting politics and other motives as behind the attack.

“We are investigating all angles from political motivation to other reasons behind the ambush. The five victims, three policemen and two civilians are now recuperating,” Wagan said.

He said that the province of Zamboanga del Norte is generally peaceful even as the election campaign period  is fast approaching.

Wagan said there is no report that there is any town under election watchlist in the province but his command is closely monitoring some municipalities including La Libertad where LGU employees were murdered recently.

“We are also closely monitoring Sibuco and Sirawai because of some extortion activities against a former logging company,” Wagan revealed.

The provincial director said there is an intense political contest in the province between the Liberal Party and former Gov. Rolando Yebes who is allied with the Jalosjos party, “but everything is normal in the province”.

Meanwhile, Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial  Director Sr. Supt. Michale Nicholas disclosed that a peace covenant was signed by the political parties and all stakeholders in the municipality of Josefina last week.

“We also closely monitor the situation in Dinas because of intense political rivalry,” Nicholas said. — Allen Abastillas