Candidate for mayor of Pampanga, driver killed in an ambush

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – A candidate for the post of municipal councilor of the city of San Simon in Pampanga and his driver were killed on Saturday morning in an ambush by unknown gunmen, Vice-Mayor Leonora Wong confirmed during a telephone interview.

Wong, who is now acting mayor in place of suspended mayor Abundio Punsalan Jr., identified the victim as Rogelio “Jonjon” Salvador, 42, who runs for the leadership of the provincial Kambilan party.

Pampanga police chief Col. Robin Sarmiento confirmed Rogelio’s nephew Joel Salvador also died in the attack at 7:30 a.m. Joel was Roegelio’s driver, police said.

Arnel Caparas who was also in the car was injured in the attack. He is now in critical condition in a hospital.

Wong said the gun attack occurred as the victims’ car approached the San Miguel Bridge towards Barangay Concepcion, where Salvador was the former village chief.

The armed men were also in a car coming from the opposite direction.

“They were about to join our motorcade to promote National Immunization Days when they were ambushed,” Wong told the Inquirer. Sarmiento has not yet confirmed whether the gun attack was linked to the elections.


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