Business angle eyed as motive for EDSA ambush

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) — The police investigating the ambush along EDSA that killed two men and wounded one woman on Sunday said it may have been connected to the businesses of the victim.

Mandaluyong City Police Chief PSSupt Moises Villaceran on Monday said one of the victims of the shootout, 63-year-old businessman Jose Luis Yulo, was the clear target of the two unidentified gunmen on board a motorcycle.

"He has a lot of businesses in Metro Manila and Laguna. We are now looking baka ito ay related to his business," he told CNN Philippines.

He added there are no leads that the van driver Nomer Allan Santos nor Yulo's companion Esmeralda Ignacio were the targets.

"Ang target na nakita namin is Mr. Yulo. Aside from that, the allegation na meron siyang kagalit," the police chief said.

Yulo is only the namesake of Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands President Jose Luis U. Yulo Jr.

Yulo and Santos died in the shootout that happened at around 3:30 p.m. of Sunday at ‬the southbound lane of EDSA-Reliance near VRP Medical Center. Ignacio is recovering at the hospital.

Police said the group came from Pampanga where Yulo participated in a drag race competition. The vehicle filled up at a gasoline station along EDSA then exited toward the innermost lane of the main thoroughfare where two men riding a black motorcycle approached and shot the van.

The Eastern Police District has created a special investigation task group to fast track the investigation.

Police is also adding more personnel along the eastern part of EDSA, one of the busiest thoroughfares in the country.

"We will deploy district mobile force battalion to increase visibility, patrol, and crime prevention," Villaceran said.