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Ex-Sto. Tomas, Batangas vice mayor shot

Ex-Sto. Tomas, Batangas vice mayor shot
By Saul Pa-a

CAMP GEN. VICENTE LIM, Calamba City, Laguna (Philippines News Agency) — A former vice-mayor of Sto. Tomas, Batangas was wounded in a gun attack on Saturday night.

Supt. Chitadel C. Gaoiran, chief of the regional public information office of the Police Regional Office (PRO4-A) Calabarzon, identified the victim as Ferdinand Malolos Ramos, 59, a businessman.

Gaoiran said Ramos was on his way home to Barangay Poblacion 2 when an unidentified suspect appeared and shot the latter hitting him on the side of his left face around 7:25 p.m. The assailant immediately fled to an unknown direction after the attack.

Ramos was rushed to the St. Cabrini Hospital for medical treatment.

Authorities and his relatives have yet to give an update on the victim’s condition.

Meanwhile, Gaoiran said the regional police command headquarters has activated its “Oplan Iron Curtain,” an operation which directs all adjacent police stations/units in Sto. Tomas and nearby towns and cities on the scope of the investigation and manhunt operations that could lead to the arrest of the suspect.

Case investigator SPO1 Joel Banta said Ramos started his political career as elected village chair in Barangay Poblacion 2 in 1989 and completed his three terms.

Ramos also ran as municipal councilor for three terms and was later elected the town’s vice mayor under the local political party Para sa Masang Batangueño (PMB) with running mate Mayor Manding Maligaya.

During the May 2016 local polls, he was vice-mayoral running mate of Maligaya but the tandem lost in the hotly-contested polls to Mayor Edna P. Sanchez.

Barely a month before the local polls on April 19, 2016, Mario Rivera, a known campaign manager of Maligaya was killed in Barangay Poblacion. (PNA)

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