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Palace: Arroyo ‘very angry’ over ambush of Batanes governor

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:06:00 09/03/2008

MANILA, Philippines — A “very angry” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered police to conduct a “very intensive” investigation into the assassination attempt on Batanes Governor Telesforo Castillejos early Wednesday, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

“Galit na galit si Presidente [The President is very angry],” Ermita said.

“She [Arroyo] specifically instructed Interior Secretary [Ronaldo] Puno and the chief [of the] PNP [Philippine National Police, Director General Avelino Razon Jr.] to conduct a very intensive investigation, identify the culprits,” and prosecute them, Ermita said.

Arroyo visited Castillejos at the hospital Wednesday afternoon, Brigadier General Celedonio Boquiren, chief of the Presidential Security Group, said.

However, he did not disclose the location of the hospital for security reasons..

Castillejos and his driver, Albert Fatimo, were seriously injured when they were ambushed around 3:30 a.m. while on their way to the airport in Parañaque City.

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