Four supporters of rival mayoralty candidates in Magsingal, Ilocos Sur were killed, while four others were wounded in a shootout yesterday, May 7.
Local police have identified the fatalities as Lerry Pol Torda, 41; Recto Bagani, 65; retired soldier Jovito Tumaneng, 61, and former militiaman William Bulil-it.
Bullet shells for an M16 rifle were reportedly recovered at the crime scene. Authorities have also arrested Minelio Oliver, 38, and village watchman Eddie Unso, 38.
According to initial reports, the supporters of one of the candidates confronted those supporting the rival bet in Sitio Danglas, Barangay Labut due to allegations of vote buying.
Magsingal, Pangasinan was placed under yellow category for elections as one of the areas of concern. The Ilocos regional police office has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.