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    Witnesses to Phl shooting under custody

    THREE witnesses to the noontime shooting of Labangan, Zambonga del Sur Mayor Ukol Talumpa on Friday have been turned over to the custody Philippine National Police–Aviation Security Group (PNP-ASG).
    Talumpa, along with three others, was killed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. Police reports said several others were hurt during the shooting incident.
    PNP-ASG director Chief Supt. Christopher Laxa said the Pasay City Police Station’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) investigators are now gathering the statements of the three witnesses.
    Laxa said probers of the Southern Police District, which is leading the investigation of the incident, have recovered17 bullet casings for .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene..
    He said the ambush was well-planned as the assassin made sure that Talumpa will be finished off this time after the mayor survived at least two attempts on his life in past years.
    Laxa said a group of policemen based at NAIA Terminal 3 chased the gunman who was riding a motorcycle, but failed to capture him because of the traffic jam.
    According to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) manager Jose Angel Honrado, the lone gunman emerged from nowhere and fired shots at the victims who had just come out of the arrival area of Terminal 3.

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