Vice mayor of Talisay, Batangas shot outside SM Mall of Asia

GMA News Online reports that Talisay, Batangas Vice Mayor Florencio Manimtim Jr. was "shot three times at the corner of Harbor Drive and Sunset Avenue in the SM Mall of Asia complex" on Thursday, December 15.

GMA News Online reports that Talisay, Batangas Vice Mayor Florencio Manimtim Jr. was "shot three times at the corner of Harbor Drive and Sunset Avenue in the SM Mall of Asia complex" on Thursday, December 15.

 

A witness interviewed by GMA News Online said Manimtim’s attacker was on a motorcycle. The witness said that there were two men on foot who seem to have served as lookouts.

 

GMA News Online further noted: "According to the witness, one of the bodyguards, a certain Joel, said mall guards asked Manimtim’s escorts to deposit their firearms upon entering the mall, so they were unable to shoot back during the attack as the vice mayor exited the mall’s door."


SM Mall of Asia employees reportedly helped rush Manimtim to the hospital. 

The SM Mall of Asia attack is the second attempt on Manimtim’s life. In August 2010, Manimtim was shot while he was attending the interment of a relative at the Talisay Municipal Cemetery. In that encounter, Guillermo Macaraig, one of his bodyguards, was killed.

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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