Calbayog City Mayor, 2 Bodyguards Died After Shootout Against Police

Calbayog City Mayor Died Along With 2 Staff During the Shootout Against Policemen

A mayor in Calbayog City has died after an alleged shootout between his staff and police while they are on their way to his son’s birthday, Monday afternoon.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas, Calbayog Mayor Ronaldo Aquino was one of the three killed in the encounter. Earlier it was reported that an escort of the mayor was killed.

Calbayog City Mayor Died
Image Source: PNA

A policeman was also killed and his companion was injured. Sinas said the details of the incident are not yet complete but they are sure it will be a shootout and not an ambush as first reported.

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Based on the report of PNA, Aquino was traveling when the shooting happened at the Laboyao Bridge in Brgy. Lonoy around 5:30 p.m. The mayor is on his way to the birthday celebration of his son after playing tennis when his SUV was tailed by a van.

His men fired back at the unidentified group inside the vehicle. After a brief exchange of gunfire, Aquino was hit, including in the head, and died upon reaching the hospital.

His two bodyguards were also killed in the shootout. Based on preliminary information from the PNP, the mayor’s group first opened fire on the vehicle of the policemen who allegedly just passed by.

“Ang mga pulis natin who were passing by, based sa initial findings ng mga pulis natin, ay binaril ng mga escort ni mayor. Hindi nila alam na pulis ang nandoon sa loob, tapos ang mga pulis gumanti na lang,” said Sinas.

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