Mangudadatu 'bodyguard' kills 2 in Olongapo
An alleged bodyguard of Buluan Vice-Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu, gubernatorial candidate in Maguindanao province, killed two security personnel of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in Olongapo City on Monday.
Initial reports identified the fatalities as retired policeman Delfin Orines and Seferino Abadia, 60, members of the SBMA security force.
The 2 were shot dead inside the SBMA's Law Enforcement Department's office by Ali Mohamedin Panegas, who allegedly identified himself to authorities as one of Mangudadatu's bodyguard.
Reports said Panegas was accosted and then brought to the SBMA's Law Enforcement Department office for investigation. The suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and shot dead the victims.
Panegas has been arrested and currently detained at the same office.
Mangudadatu, meanwhile, denied that Panegas is his bodyguard.
"Hindi ko siya kilala. Sa ngayon maraming naglalabasang paninira laban sa aming pamilya," the vice-mayor said.
Mangudadatu's wife and 2 sisters were among the 57 people massacred by a group of gunmen allegedly led by Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province last November 23.
The massacre victims were on their way to file a certificate of candidacy for governor on behalf of Mangudadatu when they were stopped and killed by more than 100 gunmen.
Mangudadatu has already filed his COC for governor.
Ampatuan Jr., meanwhile, is currently detained at the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Manila and has been charged with 41 counts of murder for the massacre.
Other members of the Ampatuan family, including its patriarch, former provincial governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. are also being implicated by police in the massacre. With reports from Zyan Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News