MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The Philippine military was on high alert Tuesday following the bombing of a convoy carrying the governor of Maguindanao, authorities said.
Two people were killed and six others were injured when Gov. Esmail “Toto” Mangudadatu’s convoy was attacked in Tacurong City Monday, the Philippine Inquirer.com reported.
Investigators were combing the entire province for leads in the bombing.
Sixth Infantry Division chief Gen. Rey Ardo refused to speculate on who was behind the attack but the governor said it was intended for him.
“Our problem is to find out the motive,” Ardo said.
He added Mangudadatu was under military and police escort when a car bomb exploded as the convoy drove along Alunan Avenue.
A bystander identified as Raffy Parenas died on the spot while Russman Sinsuat, a city board member, died at a hospital early Tuesday.
Sinsuat’s son, Russman Jr., was among the injured. Doctors amputated his leg.