|Manila airport killers who slaughtered mayor, family and infant, may have worn police uniforms
Philippine assassins who gunned down a mayor, his wife and an 18-month old baby at Manila's main airport attacked them at 11:15am today and they are suspected to have worn police uniforms beneath black jackets, local media reports said.
(Pictured, Ukol Talumpa, the mayor who was gunned down)
Authorities at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where security is often found wanting, suspect two hitmen were involved.
Manila's main airport is ranked as the world's worst by international surveys.
Four people, including the mayor of a southern city were killed today in the ambush outside Terminal 3 of the airport after they arrived on a Cebu Pacific flight.
Four others were wounded.
“The mayor and his family and some security escorts were attacked,'' Manila airport general manager Angel Honrado told AFP, adding one of the dead was the mayor of Labangan town in southern Mindanao.
Ukol Talumpa, a member of the political opposition, won a hotly contested election for mayor of Labangan in last May's elections.
In November 10, Talumpa, who was then a Zamboanga del Sur vice mayor, and his nephew Alimuddin Silad were wounded after gunmen on a motorcycle shot them in Ermita, the Inquirer.net reported.
Talumpa, a member of the political opposition, won a hotly contested electoral contest for mayor of Labangan in last May's elections.
According to Honrado, Talumpa and his party landed from a Cebu Pacific flight 5J-852 around 9 am, the website reported.
Philippines is infamous for a brutal brand of democracy where politicians -- particularly at local and provincial levels -- are willing to bribe, intimidate or kill to ensure they win.
More than 60 people were killed in last May's elections, when 18,000 posts from provincial governor to town and city mayors as well as city and town executive councils were contested.