|Manila airport assassin guns down mayor, spouse and toddler in daring attack
A mayor from southern Philippines, his wife and two others have been fatally shot in a daring attack at a Manila airport terminal today. Ffour other people were wounded.
Philippine media reports said a 25-year-old relativewas also among the fatalities. The attack was in the loading bay of the departure area.
Manila airport General Manager Jose Angel Honrado says men on a motorcycle fired at Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa and his wife as they stepped out of Terminal 3 today.
Manila’s main civil aviation facility, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, is ranked as the world’s worst by international aviation surveys.
The manager says they were declared dead on arrival at a nearby air base hospital along with two others, including a one-and-a-half-year-old boy. It was not immediately clear if they were related to the mayor. The gunmen escaped.
The assassinatd mayor Ukol Talumpa, a member of the political opposition, won a hotly contested electoral contest for Labangan in last May's elections.
Philippine airports are usually packed with passengers and well-wishers during the Christmas season. –AP/AFP/The Standard