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The Philippine National Police has formed a special task group to investigate an ambush that wounded Iligan Rep. Vicente Belmonte and killed three people in Laguindigan town in Misamis Oriental Thursday afternoon.

Police Regional Office 10 spokesman Superintendent Bernard Mendoza said this aims to coordinate findings and actions on the case, radio dzBB’s Tuesday Niu reported early Friday.

Regional police head Chief Superintendent Isagani Genabe Jr. also ordered all town police stations in the province to conduct checkpoint operations against the perpetrators.

On Thursday, three people were killed while three others were injured in an ambush on Belmonte’s convoy just as it was leaving the Laguindigan Airport. 

In an interview on dzBB Thursday, Mendoza said sketchy initial reports indicated that the congressman and his party had just left the airport and were at the crossing leading to Iligan when the ambush occurred.

He said at least two armed men in a van blocked their path and opened fire.

The van—reportedly with a yellow license plate—was burning when it was located near the airport, he added.

Meanwhile, Mendoza said they are still not discounting the possibility that a personal grudge could be the motive for the ambush.

Belmonte had told GMA News TV’s QRT that he believes the ambush was politically motivated.
Mendoza said they are still looking at all possible angles and are not discounting anything at this time. Joel Locsin/KG, GMA News

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