Bombing, Shooting Kill Four in Philippines Election Violence
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A bomb explosion killed three people and wounded 15 at a political rally Friday, three days before national elections.
Earlier, gunmen killed Mayor Alfredo Macula as he campaigned for re- election in Tubud, about 400 miles southeast of Manila, police said. The gunman also wounded a town council candidate before fleeing, they added.
The bomb exploded moments after a speech by gubernatorial candidate Alvin Dans on Basilan Island, about 550 miles south of Manila. Dans was not hurt.
In Cebu, 350 miles southeast of Manila, congressional candidate Roberto Ebanea was slightly injured when gunmen on motorcycles fired at him and companions at a cafe. Police said the assailants were captured, but gave no details.
About 35 people have died in election-related violence since the campaign began in February.
Presidential candidates intensified their campaigning in the closing days.
About 75,000 people attended a Manila rally on Friday for businessman Eduardo Cojuangco, an ally of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Cojuangco is one of the four presidential front-runners in the seven- candidate field, according to polls. The others are: Fidel Ramos, who is backed by outgoing President Corazon Aquino; Miriam Defensor Santiago and House Speaker Ramon Mitra.
Polls indicate Marcos’ widow Imelda and two other candiates are trailing.