PAGADIAN CITY – Unidentified gunmen killed two village chieftains in separate attacks Saturday in Zamboanga Peninsula, police said.
Police said Ibrahim Ingad, of New Labangan village in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province was shot dead at around 6.45 p.m. Ingad just stepped out of his house when 2 men, armed with shotguns, opened fire and killing him instantly.
The assailants escaped on a motorcycle after the shooting. “Ibrahim Ungad was gunned down by two unidentified armed men in front of his residence,” said Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licop, the regional police commander.
He said in Zamboanga del Norte’s Sindangan town, the chieftain of La Roche village, Edgardo Viñas, was also shot dead just after presiding over a session inside his office. The attacker just walked right through the session hall and without warning shot Viñas, who was also the president of the Association of Barangay Councils.
The gunman, wearing a crash helmet, fled on a motorcycle after the killing which occurred around noontime, said Licup. “After he adjourned the session, an unidentified person surfaced and shot the victim with the use of long firearm. The suspect fled on a black motorcycle,” he added.
Licup said both killings are being investigated and that he ordered policemen to track down the murderers and at the same time to tighten security in the provinces. Both attacks occurred a week before the midterm elections. (The Zamboanga Post)
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