Masbate town vice mayor dies in Manila ambush

MANILA, Philippines – A Masbate vice mayor was shot dead on Wednesday morning, October 9, while having breakfast outside a house in Manila.

According to a police report, Batuan Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III and his group were having breakfast in front of a house along VG Cruz Street in Sampaloc, Manila, around 8:45 am Wednesday when unidentified men alighted from a silver gray van and opened fire at them.

Yuson was brought to the University of Santo Tomas Hospital but died while being treated. Yuson's companions, Wilfredo Pineda and Alberto Alforte, were injured in the incident.

The suspects immediately fled the scene towards Magsaysay Boulevard, according to police.

In February, Yuson and his son, Batuan Mayor Charmax Yuson, were asked by the Department of Justice to explain the firearms recovered from their home.

Yuson is the 9th vice mayor shot dead since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016. He follows San Andres, Quezon vice mayor Sergio "Popoy" Emprese, who was shot dead at his home in Lucena City in August. –

Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.