Incident Summary:

11/14/2009: On Saturday morning at 0545, in Tumauini, Isabela, Philippines, armed assailants fired upon and killed the provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) supervisor. Lawyer Michael Valdez, Isabela election supervisor, died while being taken to the Tumauini Community Hospital. His body bore three bullet wounds from a .45 caliber pistol. Bucad said the two gunmen, who fled aboard a motorcycle, stayed at the inn for three nights and were apparently monitoring Valdezs movements. No group claimed responsibility.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Filipino Government
Specific Description The provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) supervisor, was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .45 caliber pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Philippines News Agency, “Isabela Elections Officer Shot to Death,” LexisNexis Academic, Philippines News Agency, November 14, 2009.
"National Counterterrorism Center, "One Elections Official Killed in Armed Attack in Tumauini, Isabela, Philippines," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 14, 2010."
Philippine Daily Inquirer, “Top Isabela Comelec Exec Murdered,” LexisNexis Academic, Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 15, 2009.