Explosion hits Isabela mayoralty bet's house
CAGAYAN, Philippines – Days ago, Councilor Lanie Uy of Jones, Isabela, received 3 text messages from separate numbers, threatening that her life might end soon.
At around 7 pm on Sunday, February 7, a grenade exploded in front of her hardware store, which was attached to her two-storey house.
Local police said that, although Uy is running for mayor, they do not consider politics as the only possible motive behind the attack.
"But we are not only seeing politics in our investigation because Uy is a businessman and it might have something to do with this," Police Chief Inspector Noel Pattalitan, town police chief, told Rappler in a mix of Filipino and English.
Pattalitan said the incident was caught by the close circuit television camera attached to Uy's house.
Uy's business service vehicle, the roll-up doors of the store, and several equipment inside the hardware store were damaged by the explosion.
Uy is running for mayor of Jones town under the Liberal Party banner, challenging the incumbent Mayor Leticia Sebastian of the National People's Coalition.
Her bodyguard was among those killed when 3 retired soldiers allegedly killed Jones Vice Mayor Florante Raspado in June 2015.
This election, Raspado's wife, Evie, is Uy's running mate.
But Pattalitan dismissed the possible link of Uy's case to Raspado's slay. "We cannot connect them because those are entire separate incidents."
He said that, in the past, elections were generally peaceful in town. – Rappler.com
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