One killed as bomb hits Filipino governor's convoy

MANILA, Philippines

Senior Supt. Danilo Peralta says Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu was shaken but unhurt in the bombing that apparently targeted his convoy on a busy highway in Tacurong City.

Mangudadatu, who was in a bullet-resistant van, says he and his followers were heading to a restaurant to celebrate his birthday when his long convoy came under attack.

Mangudadatu, an ex-town mayor, rose to prominence in November 2009 when his wife and 56 other people, including media workers, were gunned down in Maguindanao in a widely condemned massacre that was blamed on his political rivals.

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