facebook
twitter
search
search

Philippines shootout over bookie territory

Jan. 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

QUEZON, Philippines, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Police in the Philippines said Monday a shootout in which 13 people were killed was spawned by a territorial war between illegal gambling ring rivals.

The shootout happened late Sunday in Quezon province, The Philippine Star reported. Thirteen people, including three members of the Philippine National Police, were killed.

A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case, told the newspaper the clash was between two rival groups of "bookies" that involved police and army personnel.

"The two groups have long been threatening each other. This has been happening since the brother of Marantan got into the bookies in Laguna," the source said.

"There are policemen and army soldiers involved; that's why they were covering it up."

Chief Superintendent James Melad said 14 firearms were recovered from the scene, four of which were unlicensed.

"What we are trying to find out is why did they have so many firearms. Why are those police officers with the group and why were they using service-issued firearms? Are these firearms licensed? Did they have the permits to carry [these guns]," Melad said.

The investigation of the incident was ongoing.

Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Minnesota dentist says he regrets killing Cecil the lion
At least 2,000 migrants in France try to enter Channel Tunnel to England
Islamic State militants repelled in counter-attack on Ramadi university
Rep. Mark Meadows seeks ouster of John Boehner as speaker
Florida man accused of Islamic State-inspired attack at beach