Narra mayoralty bet supporters engage in shootout

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Supporters of incumbent Narra mayor Lucena Demaala and opposition candidate Gerandy Danao were reportedly wounded in a shooting incident that happened in Purok Damayan Bliss, Barangay Panacan 2 around 11:30 p.m. on May 12.

A spot report from the Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) identified the two as Andy Maala, 38, a supporter of Demaala, and Fred Danao, 51, the brother of her rival.

PPPO spokesman Capt. Ric Ramos told Palawan News Maala was in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital in Puerto Princesa City.

According to the police report, the shooting incident happened after supporters of the groups of Maala and Danao with a certain Pitong Rendon had a heated argument.

Demaala, in a Facebook post, accused Fred, who is a member of the Philippine Navy (PN), of attacking Maala near his residence and shot him in the stomach.

Maala was able to retaliate, she said, by firing his gun at Fred who was hit on the leg.

Ex-officio board member Clarito Demaala IV (also Prince Demaala IV) also posted on his FB account on the same day that their supporter had a shootout with the group of Fred.

“Nagbarilan ang supporter namin pati kapatid ng kalaban namin…sinugod kasi ng kabila bahay ng leader namin,” Clarito Demaala stated.

On the other hand, Pauline Danao who identified herself as the daughter of Fred, said the gun that was used to shoot his father was “illegal”.

Joint Task Group South (JTGS) commander Colonel Darwin De Luna, who is also the commanding officer of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4, said they have already deployed additional personnel in Narra.

“Nagdagdag na tayo ng tao para sa security. So far, tahimik naman ngayon sa Narra [ang mga supporters based on observation],” he said.

In a separate interview, Palawan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) spokesperson Police Captain Ric Ramos also said Quick Response Teams (QRTs) have been deployed in Narra to prevent the situation from escalating.

“Sapat ang pulis natin sa area, may QRT din tayo sa bayan ng Narra [para mag-responde sa mga incidents kagaya nito],” Ramos said.

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