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Vicente Belmonte wants to know mastermind of his ambush

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Police investigators examine the body of one of three victims of an ambush by still unidentified gunmen of Philippine Congressman Vicente Belmonte Jr. near Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental province in southern Philippines Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Belmonte was slightly wounded in an attack by gunmen that killed at least two of his bodyguards and a driver, officials said. Five other bodyguards and aides of Rep. Vicente Belmonte of southern Iligan city were wounded in the ambush in Misamis Oriental province’s Laguindingan township, local police chief Brian Inojado said. (AP Photo)

Iligan City Rep. Vicente “Varf” Belmonte Jr. is hopeful that the brains his Dec. ambush will also be unmasked by the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) after authorities nabbed one of the suspects Dec. 13.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo, Belmonte;s lawyer  Rejoice Subejano said that his camp welcomed the arrest of DominadorTumala, 62,  from Barangay Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte, a prime suspect in the Belmonte ambush  in Laguindingan, MisamisOriental.which wounded the politiko and killed  his police escort, a close aide and driver.

But Subejano said that Belmonte wanted the military and police to look for the mastermind of the failed assassination attempt.  .

Subejano said that Belmonte wanted justice served.

Belmonte had previously blamed his rival politicians for the ambush. But Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia, who felt alluded to by Belmonte’s claim, said that the congressman was not his enemy. Belmonte is expected to contest Regencia’s post in 2016.

The Phillippine Informatin Agency reported that witnesses in the area tagged Tumala as one of seven fully armed suspects who were in i a yellow van which blocked and fired at Belmonte’s two-car convoy after leaving the Laguindingan airport.

Tumala admitted that he was a former member of the New People’s Army (NPA) under District Lando operating in the areas of Zamboanga del Norte.  He joined the rebel group sometime in 1980 after he was recruited by aka Emma of the said district. Although he tested positive for gunpowder burns, Tumala denied the charges.