Probe on in Tawi- Tawi mayor ambush
POLICE ARE STILL investigating the recent ambush of Jasper Que, the mayor of Bongao town in Tawi- Tawi province who was wounded in the attack in Zamboanga City.
Que was shot several times while driving along San Jose Road in the coastal village of Baliwasan. He was rushed to hospital and is in stable condition.
The assailants escaped after the ambush and police said it is investigating the attack. “There is an ongoing investigation to determine the motive of the attack,” Chief Inspector Rogelio Alabata, a regional police spokesman, told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
No individual or group claimed responsibility for the ambush and the motive of the failed assassination remains unclear – or whether it was politically motivated or not.
Que’s family has held Bongao town for many years now and the mayor is a political ally of President Benigno Aquino and member of his ruling Liberal Party.
Tawi- Tawi is one of 5 provinces under the restive Muslim autonomous region.
The bullet- riddled car of Bongao Mayor Jasper Que who is wounded in an ambush Feb. 7, 2016 in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. ( Mindanao Examiner Photo - Ely Dumaboc)