No politics in lawyer’s ambush? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 April 2013 11:00

City Police Director Supt. Edwin S. De Ocampo yesterday said the ambush on Atty. Homer Mabale in Tugbungan at dawn Saturday has nothing to do with politics as claimed by some quarters but rather “a case which is only known to the victim.

Mabale survived the ambush and is now recuperating in one of the hospitals in Zamboanga City. But his two office staff were killed on the spot.

De Ocampo said that Mabale has been declared out of danger by attending physicians.

Investigation disclosed that Mabale’s car was about to enter the his residence in Lopez Subdivision, Barangay Tugbungan when motorcycle riding gunmen blocked their path and opened fire on them using .45 caliber pistol.

De Ocampo said that Mabale does not want to issue a statement yet, but has confirmed that it has nothing to do with politics as suspected by some quarters who are trying to connect the incident to the many court cases that the lawyer is handling involving politicians not only in the city but in other provinces.

Sources told DZT that Mabale has clients mostly politicians in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Text messages have been circulating that the shooting incident in Lamitan City last Saturday morning where the  personal driver of mayoralty aspirant Hegem Furigay and his father Henry Furigay were wounded in Barangay Limook, Lamitan, could be related to the Mabale ambush.

The driver, Bernard Cuevas, is already out of danger as of press time while Henry Furigay only suffered slight gunshot wound.

“It was just a coincidence. Walang kinalaman ang kaso ni Mabale sa incident sa Lamitan. Nagkataon lang talaga yon,” De Ocampo said.

De Ocampo emphasized that the police looking into several angles on Mabale’s ambush.

He appealed to concerned parties not to capitalize the issue for political interest so not to aggravate the situation and jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

“We are doing everything to resolve the case,” De Ocampo said as he expressed hope that Mabale will cooperate by feeding them the information that will lead to the early solution of the crime. — Jimmy Villaflores