Gunmen kill Filipino governor, 5 others

Published March 5th, 2023 - 01:47 GMT
Roel Degamo
Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental. (Twitter/@bongbongmarcos)

ALBAWABA  - Gunmen donning military uniforms killed the governor of Negros Oriental Roel Degamo.

Five other civilians were also killed in the shooting attack Saturday, when at least six people brandishing assault rifles opened fire on the governor's house in the town of Pamplona in the Philippines, sources reported

Police arrested three suspects in connection with the latest attack, whose reasons remain unclear.

It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks on political leaders in the Philippines.

President of the Philippines Bongbong Marcos condemned the assault in a tweet. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms the assassination of a sitting governor, Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental," he tweeted. 

A video from the governor's house was released showing multiple men in military-style camouflage breaking the entry gate, while brandishing guns, then they started to shoot randomly.

The wife of the murdered governor, Pamplona Mayor Janice Degamo, decried the tragic killing of her husband. She said that he "did not deserve to die this way. He was serving constituents on a Saturday along with his department heads."

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