Isabela town mayor shoots cop at bday bash

Posted at 04/14/2012 5:12 PM | Updated as of 04/14/2012 6:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The president of the League of Municipal Mayors in Isabela shot and wounded his cop-friend during his birthday party in the province.

Santa Maria Mayor Davis Omar Masigan allegedly shot his friend, Senior Police Officer 1 Wilfredro Datul.

“Nag-iinuman sa birthday, nagkapikunan sila, pinapauwi na ni mayor yung kumpare niyang pulis, makulit ayaw umuwi, pinagbabaril na niya,” said Senior Superintendent Franklin Moises Mabagan, chief of the Isabela Police.

The off-duty cop attended the mayor’s birthday bash last April 12. The party went on for hours and the two, who were both drunk, had an argument.

The mayor allegedly fired three shots at Datul using an M-16 rifle.

“Base sa statement niya, pababa naman yung putok niya para lang siguro itaboy,” said Mabanag.

Josie Montero, a resident in the area, said she heard a loud explosion.
 
“May narinig akong putok kagabi pero hindi ko alam kung ano yun akala ko may sumabog lang na transformer; 3 yung narinig ko,” said Montero.

Datul sustained a gunshot wound in his left foot and was rushed to a hospital in Tuguegarao City for treatment.

The policeman’s family is worried because he has yet to be discharged from the hospital.

“Bakit naman ganun ginawa sa kanya? Mabait naman yung asawa ko. Wala naman siyang kaaway,” said Datul’s wife Merly.
   
ABS-CBN News team tried to get the side of Masigan but the mayor declined.
 
Authorities are still waiting for the victim to file frustrated homicide or serious physical injury against the mayor. Julius Camba, ABS-CBN News