Philippines: 3 shot dead by guards at a polling station

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Three people guaranteeing security at a polling station in the southern Philippines were killed today by unknown gunmen, local police said, as millions of voters went to the polls.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a rally in the town of Boulogne on the island of Mindanao, where various militant groups are active, including Maoist insurgents and jihadists.

Former mayor Ibrahim Mangundadatou said people inside the school where the polling station operated rushed to seek cover when the fire broke out.

A fourth guard was injured in the attack, a police spokesman for Magidanao province said.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a polling station in Datu Unsai district, also on the island of Mindanao, injuring nine people.

Some 67 million voters are expected to cast their ballots today to elect the next president of Southeast Asia, with Ferdinand Marcos’s youngest son, the former dictator, being the big favorite to succeed Rodrigo Duterte, according to opinion polls. followed – at a distance – by outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo.

In addition to the president and vice president, citizens are also required to nominate half of the 24 members of the Senate, some 250 deputies, 81 provincial governors and more than 17,000 local government officials.

source: ΑΠΕ

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