Poll Officer’s House Bombed In South RP

December 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 13, 2007) – A homemade bomb exploded in front of the house of a regional elections official in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, but the attack had killed no one, police and military said on Thursday.

It said the bombing came just two days ahead of special village and youth elections in Sulu and seven other provinces in Mindanao.

The attack before dawn targeted the house of lawyer Vidzfar Julie in the town of Indanan. No one was killed or injured in the blast that damaged the facade of the house.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the bombing, but authorities suspect the blast had something to do with special elections on Saturday.

Julie was not in the province at the time of the attack, police said.

But the blast was the second in recent week in the province. A bomb was also detonated December 9 in front of the office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Sulu’s Patikul town.

Julie, a former poll supervisor in Sulu, is now the chief of the COMELEC in the Muslim autonomous region.

Elections in May failed in some towns in Sulu because of the presence of gunmen and many teachers tapped as poll officers did not report for work due to threats to their lives.

Others refused to work because of non-payments of their salaries since early this year by the Department of Education in the autonomous region. (Mindanao Examiner)


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