Thursday, May 31, 2007

Namfrel exec survives gun attack in Makati

Article posted May 31, 2007 - 08:06 PM
Gunmen stormed Thursday the office of the spokesman of the National Movement for Free Election but the attackers failed to kill the poll watchdog official due to alert office staff.

According to Namfrel Secretary General Eric Alvia, lawyer Jose Bernas was unhurt in the shooting inside the latter�s office in Makati.

Alvia said four unidentified men introduced themselves as members of the press to gain entry into Bernas� office building along Buenavidez Street past 12 noon.

The gunmen barged into Bernas� office and opened fire but failed to hit the Namfrel official who was able to duck behind his table.

One of the lawyer�s staff was able to slam the door shut to keep the attackers out. Building security men drawn by the gunshots rushed to Bernas� office but failed to catch the gunmen.

�We are still not sure whether the attack was related to his work with Namfrel. Bernas is a lawyer, he is handling many cases," Alvia said. - GMANews.TV