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Philippines: Gunman opens fire near President Rodrigo Duterte's Manila residence, one injured

A shooting took place on Tuesday close to the Manila residence of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, a spokesman for his security detail said, but an official from the palace said Duterte was not there at the time.

 Philippines: Gunman opens fire near President Rodrigo Dutertes Manila residence, one injured

File image of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte. Reuters

The incident took place in Malacanang Park, the base of Duterte’s guard unit and close to his Bahay ng Pagbabago residence, presidential security group spokesman Mike Aquino said in a text message to reporters.

He said the unit was investigating the incident and had no more details.

DZMM radio reported that one person was wounded.

The presidential security group separately said they would release a statement later.

Duterte, who hails from the southern city of Davao, has said he dislikes staying in the presidential compound and often returns to his home city on weekends.

Duterte was elected in a landslide last year on a vow to eradicate illegal drugs in society by killing up to 100,000 traffickers and addicts.

Since he assumed office 15 months ago, police have reported killing more than 3,800 people in anti-drug operations with many more killed in mysterious circumstances.

Despite criticism from human rights groups, he still enjoys widespread support among Filipinos who see him as a charismatic, anti-establishment politician who is their best chance to quell crime and corruption.

With inputs from agencies

 

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Updated Date: Sep 26, 2017 11:39:50 IST