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Ilocos dad escapes slay try

CAMP JUAN, Ilocos Norte ­- A town councilor here escaped an assassination attempt Monday afternoon when the gun of his supposed killer malfunctioned while trying to shoot him in a parking area near the town hall of Solsona, Ilocos Norte.

Police identified the victim as lawyer Marcelino Quitoras, an incumbent councilor of Solsona town.

Probers gathered that Quitoras was about to board his car after attending the regular session of the town council at about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the unidentified armed man approached and aimed a gun at him.

The assassin’s gun, however, did not fire when he pulled its trigger, giving Quitoras a chance to run and seek police assistance.

The suspect immediately fled.

Police said they have already identified the suspect but withheld his name pending his arrest. (Freddie G. Lazaro)