San Fernando, Cebu mayor ambushed in Talisay

Rambo Talabong
(UPDATED) San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini Reluya survives the attack, but her husband, Barangay Chairman Ricardo Reluya Jr dies on the spot

AMBUSHED. San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini Reluya is attacked while riding a van in Talisay City. Photo from San Fernando LGU Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini Reluya was ambushed inside her van by still unidentified gunmen while she was traveling across Talisay City on Tuesday, January 22.

The attack led to the death on the spot of 3 of Reluya’s companions who were aboard the van, including her husband, Barangay Chairman Ricardo Reluya Jr.

The two other fatalities were identified as Allan Bayot and Ricky Monterona.

Reluya’s party of 6 was riding a Toyota Hi-Ace van headed towards Cebu City when at around 9:30 pm in Barangay Linao unidentified gunmen aboard a “white four-wheeled vehicle” shot at them repeatedly.

Police said Mayor Reluya and two other survivors suffered minor injuries and have been brought to the Talisay District Hospital for treatment. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.