Politics possible motive in ambush of town mayor, vice mayor in La Union

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 16) —Police are looking into the possibility that the ambush of the Balaoan, La Union mayor and vice mayor, which left the latter and his security escort dead, is politically motivated.

The father and daughter tandem, Mayor Aleli Concepcion and Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion are both running for re-election in the May 2019 polls.

They are not included in the so-called "narco-list" which has the names of politicians who are supposedly involved in the illegal drugs trade. The town was declared drug-free in April.

The two were in separate vehicles during the ambush along Luna Road in Barangay Cabuuan some 300 meters away from the town center around 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday.

READ: 'Not advisable' to release drug list - PNP

La Union Provincial Police Office Spokesperson Silverio Ordinario said Aleli Concepcion has been discharged from the hospital.

Police have also recovered two fired 9 mm cartridge cases and two fired .45 cartridge cases, and found bloodstains and two latent prints from the Toyota RAV4 boarded by suspects to run away from the scene of the crime.

Malacañang denounced the ambush and expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

Authorities say this is the third attack on La Union politicians this year. The deadly ambush of the Concepcions followed the attack that killed Sudipen, La Union Mayor Alexander Buquing and left his wife Vice Mayor Joy Buquing injured.

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio and Ella Hermonio contributed to this report.