Arab Times

Philippine mayor survives ambush:



A Philippine mayor accused of involvemen­t in narcotics traffickin­g survived an ambush on Sunday, police said, four months after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly threatened to kill him.

Retired police chief superinten­dent Vicente Loot, a mayor in the central province of Cebu, had been repeatedly named by Duterte as one of the so-called "narco-generals" protecting the illegal drug trade.

Loot on Sunday was on a boat arriving with his family at a port in the Cebu town of Daanbantay­an when unidentifi­ed gunmen opened fire and wounded four people, police said. The mayor was unhurt.

"We are looking at all possible motives and angles, including his being tagged in the narco-list, politics, or his previous work in the police force," acting town police chief Senior Inspector Irish Dilem told AFP. (AFP)

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