ZAMBOANGA MAYOR, 3 OTHERS SHOT DEAD AT NAIA 3

The mayor of Labangan town in Zamboanga del Sur, his wife and two others were killed in an ambush at the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 Friday morning.

ALSO: Drug issue suspected in Mayor Talumpa’s killing

Slain Mayor Ukol Talumpa was a political rival of former Mayor Wilson Nandang and one of the causes of their dispute was illegal drugs, a police official said on Friday. “The drugs issue (usaping droga) was one of the reasons behind their quarrel,” Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao regional police office, told the Inquirer. Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Antonio Cerilles, an ally of Talumpa, wondered how the shooting could occur in a supposedly secured government facility such as Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). “He was shot by a person in a police uniform at Naia Terminal 3,” Cerilles said by phone.

ALSO: Zamboanga del Sur mayor, wife, nephew buried in hometown

Labangan town Mayor Ukol Talumpa, his wife and nephew were buried Saturday morning in a Muslim rite in their town amid tight security, according to official. The remains of Talumpa, his wife Leah and nephew Kharib Udin Talumpa were flown via airforce C-130 cargo plane and arrived about 6 a.m. Saturday in Pagadian airport and transported to the adjacent town of Labangan. The remains of the 18-month old relative of the Talumpas, Philip Thomas Estuesta, were buried Manila. Police said hundreds of supporters, relatives and constituents of the late mayor attended the burial.


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Zamboanga mayor, 3 others shot dead at NAIA 3


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Police investigators examine the bloodstained pavement at the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport following an ambush of a southern Philippine town mayor Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa was fatally shot Friday in an attack at Manila’s main airport that also killed his wife and two other people, officials said.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


Ukol Talumpa, mayor of Labangan in Zamboanga de Sur Province (picture: AFP Photo/STR)

MANILA, DECEMBER 23, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Bong Lozada, Julliane Love De Jesus - The mayor of Labangan town in Zamboanga del Sur, his wife and two others were killed in an ambush at the arrival area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 Friday morning.

Chief Superintendent Christopher Laxa, head of the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group, told INQUIRER.net that Mayor Ukol Talumpa was shot dead at 11:15 a.m. by motorcycle-riding gunmen, who allegedly wore police uniforms underneath black jackets.

Jose Angel Honrado, Manila International Airport Authority general manager, said in a press briefing that Talumpa’s wife, a 25-year-old relative and an 18-month-old baby were also killed.

5 injured

Five others were injured in the incident that happened in the loading bay of the departure area. The victims were taken to the Air Force General Hospital at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

According to Honoradpo, Talumpa and his party landed from a Cebu Pacific flight 5J-852 around 9 a.m. and had just stepped outside the arrival area when the gunmen opened fire on them. Some of the injured were bystanders.

In November 10, Talumpa, who was then a Zamboanga del Sur vice mayor, and his nephew Alimuddin Silad were wounded after gunmen also aboard a motorcycle shot them in Ermita.

Talumpa, a member of the political opposition, won a hotly contested electoral contest for mayor of Labangan in last May’s elections.

Terminal 3 manager Octavio Lina said that flights were not disrupted and that the terminal was not closed. The shooting scene was cordoned off and was being processed by the police’s scene-of-the-crime operatives.

No CCTV

According to Laxa, there were no closed-circuit television units installed within the area where the incident occurred.

Honrado added that authorities have yet to identify the two gunmen.

But Laxa, the PNP ASG chief, said in a phone interview that the responding policemen who chased the assailants could help in identifying the suspects.

Laxa said they have gotten hold of several witnesses to the shooting.

Task force

Laxa said, the National Capital Region Police Office chief Police Director Carmelo Valmoria arrived at the NAIA terminal 3 to create a form a task force that will investigate the incident.

As of this posting, crime scene investigation was ongoing.

“The management of the airport will investigate the security procedures,” Honrado said. With a report from Jerome Aning, Philippine Daily Inquirer Originally posted: 11:46 am | Friday, December 20th, 2013

Drug issue suspected in Mayor Talumpa’s killing By Julie S. Alipala Inquirer Mindanao 3:11 am | Saturday, December 21st, 2013


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CRIME SCENE A police officer documents the site of the shooting at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, which resulted in the deaths of Mayor Ukol Talumpa and his wife (inset from Facebook), and two others. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Slain Mayor Ukol Talumpa was a political rival of former Mayor Wilson Nandang and one of the causes of their dispute was illegal drugs, a police official said on Friday.

“The drugs issue (usaping droga) was one of the reasons behind their quarrel,” Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao regional police office, told the Inquirer.

Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Antonio Cerilles, an ally of Talumpa, wondered how the shooting could occur in a supposedly secured government facility such as Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

“He was shot by a person in a police uniform at Naia Terminal 3,” Cerilles said by phone.

“Naia should be more strict in checking the people coming in and out. Imagine the killer was in a police uniform,” he said.

He said Talumpa had only one enemy in Zamboanga del Sur and it was Nandang. Talumpa defeated Nandang in the last local elections.

In a previous interview with the Inquirer, Talumpa called on the government to look deeper into the problem of illegal drugs in his hometown of Labangon, a fourth-class municipality with a population of 2,800.

“Ukol survived many attempts on his life. He was ambushed in Manila. He missed a bomb planted under his car in Pagadian City and he was also ambushed in his hometown,” Cerilles said.

On Nov. 2, 2010, Talumpa, then vice mayor of Labangan, survived an assassination attempt on Leon Guinto Street in Manila.

FROM PHILSTAR

Zamboanga del Sur mayor, wife, nephew buried in hometown By Roel Pareño (philstar.com) | Updated December 21, 2013 - 1:11pm 14 469 googleplus1

MANILA -Labangan town Mayor Ukol Talumpa, his wife and nephew were buried Saturday morning in a Muslim rite in their town amid tight security, according to official.

The remains of Talumpa, his wife Leah and nephew Kharib Udin Talumpa were flown via airforce C-130 cargo plane and arrived about 6 a.m. Saturday in Pagadian airport and transported to the adjacent town of Labangan.

The remains of the 18-month old relative of the Talumpas, Philip Thomas Estuesta, were buried Manila.

Police said hundreds of supporters, relatives and constituents of the late mayor attended the burial.

The relatives and supporters of the Talumpas expressed outrage over the death of their leader and blamed politics and rido as the motive behind the murder.

Talumpa, his wife, nephew and Estueta were killed Friday morning in the loading area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 3 by gunmen wearing police uniforms while five others were wounded in the attack.


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