Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:45
Malacanang condemned the attack on Cotabato City Vice Mayor Muslimin Sema Tuesday morning and ordered the police to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
“We condemn the ambush on Vice Mayor Sema and the PNP [Philippine National Police] has been instructed to look into the motives and the perpetrators of the heinous act,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in the press conference in Malacanang on Tuesday.
Asked by reporters if the dynamite explosion in Mindanao, the ambush of Sema, as well as the terror threat in Manila correlated, Lacierda said they didn’t see connections between those incidents.
Sema was rushed to Notre Dame Hospital after he was injured during Tuesday’s ambush at around 11:20 a.m. at the Rosary Heights VI in Cotabato City. Sema was on his way home from a city council meeting when he was attacked.
Although the assassin was also injured during the ambush, the police could not yet determine the motive and number of suspects who staged the attack on Sema.
The police is also determining the firearm used during the assault.
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