One killed as bomb hits Filipino governor's convoy

August 15, 2011 2:29:22 AM PDT
Police say a powerful bomb in a parked car exploded in a southern Philippine city and killed one person and wounded 7 others, mostly in a passing convoy of a provincial governor.

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.