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Prominent Aquino ally wounded, two dead in Philippine ambush

Published on Apr 21, 2013 4:39 PM

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AFP) - Communist guerrillas wounded a town mayor and killed two of her aides in a pre-election ambush in the southern Philippines, police said on Sunday.

Ms Ruth Guingona, a member of President Benigno Aquino's Liberal Party whose husband is former vice-president Teofisto Guingona Jr, sustained wounds in her arms and feet in late Saturday's attack on Mindanao island, police said.

"Ms Guingona was with six police escort on their way back from attending a town fiesta when they were ambushed by New People's Army (NPA) rebels," national police spokesman Generoso Cerbo told reporters.

Chief Superintendent Cerbo said the rebels fled after a 10-minute gunfight with the police. However, the mayor was safely retrieved only at dawn Sunday, hours after the attack, because the ambush site was in a remote area.

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