Incident Summary:

10/12/2015: Assailants opened fire on the convoy of Randy Climaco in Cayamcam village, Tungawan district, Zamboanga Sibugay province, Philippines. Climaco, the mayor of Tungawan, was killed and four others, including vice mayor Abison Abduraok, were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Zamboanga Sibugay


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Tungawan district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Tungawan
Specific Description Convoy of Mayor: Randy Climaco
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Several M16 assault rifles were 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
Additional Information The victims included Loverlie Caracol and Carlnan Climaco. Casualty numbers conflict across sources for this incident. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Rogue MILF fighters eyed in Zamboanga Sibugay mayor's slay," Philippine Star, October 20, 2015.
"Philippines: Abu Sayyaf free Zamboanga Sibugay mayor,", October 13, 2015.
"1st LD Writethru: Mayor killed in election-related ambush in S. Philippines," Xinhua General News Service, October 12, 2015.