By Aaron Recuenco
Mayor Raul Palino of Teresa, Rizal, escaped unscathed when unidentified gunmen ambushed him while on his way home Monday afternoon.
His driver and security officer were wounded.
A report reaching Camp Crame in Quezon City said Palino was on his way home on board a van when gunmen started shooting the vehicle while cruising along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Barangay Poblacion, Teresa town, at around 5 p.m.
The mayor’s driver, 38-year old Joel Balajafia, and security escort Ruel Javier were hit in the volley of gunfire. They were taken to the Saint Therese Hospital and are still undergoing medical treatment.
“After the incident, suspects fled on foot toward Antipolo City,” the report read.
The local police immediately launched follow-up operations to arrest the gunmen.
Palino, it was recalled, was among those named last year by President Duterte as allegedly involved in illegal drugs activities.