Unknown gunmen shot dead seven people while injuring one while the victims were on a convoy of vehicles in Rosario, Cavite as PH polls start.
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The ambush happened just hours before the polls opened. According to P/Supt. Rommel Javier, unidentified gunmen started shooting from a jeep and two motorycles at Brgy. Wawa 3, Rosario, Cavite at around 12:10 am. The place were the ambush happened is said to have reports of heated political rivalries. This is an angle the authorities are looking at.
"Wala pang witness na nakukuha para maituro kung sino ang nasa likod ng pamamaril. Ang lugar na ito ay malapit sa ilog, nasa boundary ng Tanza at Rosario. (There is no witness yet who will point who is the person behind the shooting. The incident happened near the river and the boundary of Tanza and Rosario)," Javier said in the interview.
"Ang narekober pa lang ay basyo pa lang ng mga bala (What we have recovered so far are shells of the bullets)," he added.
A special task force has reported that 15 people had been killed in election-related incidents since January 9. The special election violence monitoring task force believes that there might be more but they have yet to be linked to the elections.
Such scenario is not focused only in Cavite.
For instance, councilor of Dumanjug in Cebu, Ely Amadora, reported that he was shot by the alleged thugs of Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano "Gungun" Gica on May 8. He was, however, unhurt. Gica is running for mayor under the Liberal Party.
In Maguindanao, 1 was killed and another was wounded in rifle grenade blast in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, on early Monday, May 9. This report, including complete details and reason for such, is yet to be confirmed by authorities.
It is expected that about 54 million will be casting their votes today.