House Majority leader escapes suspected assassination attempt

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 17) — House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Jr. survived what seemed to be an attempt to take his life when he formalized his bid for Camarines Sur Governor on Tuesday.

Shortly after Andaya filed his certificate of candidacy in the Capital Complex of Camarines Sur, a gunman sneaked up on him and tried to pull out a firearm, which he dropped that caught the attention of Andaya's companions, a police report said.

Andaya's close-in security later seized the gunman and recovered a caliber .38 revolver loaded with five bullets. They turned over his weapon to PO3 Renan Bongalon at the Comissions on Elections in Camarines Sur where he was the on-duty personnel, the report said.

The gunman was identified as Ray John Musa, a member of the Capitol Complex Security Unit. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and the violation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act following the incident.

A statement from Andaya's camp said he suspects "powerful political figures" in Camarines Sur to be behind the attempt, but he did not disclose names. However, his resolve to run for the position remains firm.

"Kung akala nila matatakot ako, diyan sila nagkakamali. Wala nang atrasan ito," he added.

[Translation: If they think they can scare me, they are making a mistake. There's no backing out from here.]

Andaya is the 1st District Representative of Camarines Sur. He replaced Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Farinas as House Majority Leader in July.