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Comelec executive in N Ecija ambushed

San Fernando — An officer of the Commission on Elections in Gapan City was wounded when motorcycle-riding men shot him Saturday while driving along the national highway. Chief Inspector Renato Morales, town police chief, said Lawyer Arsenio Reyes Jr. sustained a gunshot wound in his left thigh but was declared out of danger in an undisclosed hospital in Cabanatuan City. His companion, Boy Manuel was unhurt. Reyes told investigators the attack happened around 1 p.m. Saturday along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Castellano in this town. Reports said he came from the poll body’s office at the Gapan City Hall compound driving a Vios (RLS-463) heading for Cabanatuan when trailed by the suspects. Reyes said he and Manuel heard what they thought was the sound of a carbonated drink exploding before realizing “there two men who were shooting at us.” Reyes stopped the vehicle at the right shoulder of the road and ducked for cover. The suspects overtook them and fired at the front door then fled. Bloodied, he drove to a police station in Gapan before being brought to the Good Samaritan Hospital. At his bed in another hospital, Reyes told newsmen he has been election officer in Jaen and in the Science City of Muñoz. Police recovered slugs of caliber 45 at the scene of attack.
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