Candidate for village polls killed a day before election in S. Philippines

17:36, October 25, 2010      

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A candidate for village councilor was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in southern Philippines a day before Monday's elections, a police official said on Monday.

Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal, regional police chief, identified the victim as Eduardo Tacder, 48, married and a resident and candidate of Mahayahay village, Lingig town, in Mindanao's Surigao del Sur province.

Tacder was inside his house when the assailants barged in at around 9 p.m. on Sunday and shot him several times using a handgun before fleeing onboard a maroon L-300 van vehicle, Rafal told Xinhua in a text message, adding the victim died while being rushed to a local hospital.

"We are still conducting an investigation into the killing," the police official said.

Sunday's killing was the latest of assassinations targetting candidates to the local polls in southern Philippines.

According to the Philippine National Police, at least 25 people have died in election-related attacks across the country from Sept. 25, the start of the campaign period, up to Saturday.

Source: Xinhua


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