Gunmen Kill 7 in Philippines Election Day Ambush

Photo © AP Photo/ Eugene Hoshiko
Photo © AP Photo/ Eugene Hoshiko

Seven people have been killed in the Republic of the Philippines.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Seven people have been killed in election violence during presidential, legislative and local elections in the Republic of the Philippines, the national press reported Monday, citing police.

The victims were aboard a multi-purpose vehicle and two motorcycles when they were intercepted and fatally shot, Calabarzon administrative regional police said as cited by The Inquirer daily.

Scarce details were released, but police designated the municipality of Rosario in the province of Cavite an area of concern due to intense rivalry among political candidates there.

The early Monday casualties add to the 15 deaths reported during the election campaign, including the fatal shooting of a mayoral candidate in the southern town of Lantapan on Saturday.

Up to 100,000 police officers are said to be on duty across the Philippines on election day amid fears of violence.

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