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UPDATED: 08:02, June 02, 2006
Vehicle blast injures Philippine local governor, killing two
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Two were killed and one official was injured in a vehicle explosion at the Batangas Provincial Capitol in the northern Philippines on Thursday evening, a local TV reported.

Two people were killed while the Batangas Governor Armand Sanchez was injured by the blast that ripped through the governor's vehicle at the Provincial Capitol, ABS-CBN TV reported.

Police identified the fatalities as Eric Landicho, Sanchez's security aide, and his driver Louie Icaro, the report said.

The governor had just left a meeting at the provincial capitol before 7 p.m. and went to board his barely six-month-old Hummer H2 sport utility vehicle, a separate report of GMA TV said.

The vehicle blew up shortly after Sanchez boarded it, according to the GMA report.

Witnesses saw Sanchez's vehicle emitting smoke before it exploded on its way out from the Provincial Capitol in Batangas City, some 130 kilometers south of Manila, it said.

Both TV reports said Landicho managed to push Sanchez out of the vehicle just in time before it blew up.

Sanchez was rushed to the Jesus of Nazareth Hospital in Batangas City, the reports added.

Sanchez' lawyer Ferdinand Topacio told reporters that the governor was suffering second-degree burns but in stable condition.

The governor earlier met members of the Regional Development council at the Provincial Capitol.

Firefighters struggled to put out the fire caused by the explosion. The implications behind the blast are still unknown, and the cause is being investigated, police said.

Source: Xinhua

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