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Latest News Philippines: Poll hotspot tag for Gingoog urged – Journal.com.ph:
SENATOR Teofisto Guingona III has asked the Commission on Elections to declare Gingoog City as “election hotspot” following the ambush of her mother by suspected members of the communist-led New People’s Army (NPA) Saturday night.
Gingoog City Mayor Ruthie de Lara-Guingona was wounded during the attack but her two bodyguards were killed. The lady mayor, wife of former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr., is already recuperating.
“This morning tumawag si (Comelec) Chairman (Sixto) Brillantes to ask how my mother is doing. I asked him p’wede ba nating i-declare ang Gingoog City as election hotspot,” the senator said in a phone interview.
“Sabi n’ya (Brillantes),’Yes.
Most definitely dapat, tamang-tama may command conference kami ngayon so we will take it up.’ So, I take that as a commitment. After all, if what happened in Gingoog City is not sufficient to merit it a hotspot then I don’t know what it will take to become a hotspot,” Guingona said.
Asked to comment on the “apology” extended by the NPA to his family for the attack, Guingona said:”Ang official na pahayag ng tatay ko is give us time. So, that means it’s not a no, it’s not a yes. Just give us time.” He believes that the attack was not politically-motivated. “More of ganun ang inisip ko. Dahil unang-una di naman kampanya ang pinuntahan ng nanay ko,” the senator said.
“Hindi s’ya kandidato at ‘yung pinuntahan niya fiesta. So, pauwi s’ya. At ang tawag nila sa amin may checkpoint daw ‘yung NPA. Ang pagkaalam ko eh, may election or wala, gumagawa ng checkpoint ang mga NPA. Sa tingin ko, hindi yan connected sa elections. Pero at the same time ‘andyan pa rin ‘yang posibilidad na ‘yan,” he said.
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