Sunday, August 2, 2015

Gunmen kill MNLF chairman's supporter

From the Philippine Star (Aug 1): Gunmen kill MNLF chairman's supporter

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - Motorcycle-riding gunmen killed on Friday an erstwhile barangay chairman who was a staunch political supporter of the leader of the largest faction in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Anwar Lucas, former chairman of Barangay Rosary Heights 10, was attacked from behind while driving a multi-cab vehicle at a busy section of Sinsuat Avenue, near a well-guarded government school campus.

Lucas, a known supporter of former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema, chairman of the biggest of three factions in the MNLF, died from gunshot wounds he sustained in the attack.

The city’s police director, Senior Superintendent Rex Anongos, said investigators are still trying to establish the identities of the gunmen and their motive for killing Lucas.

The incident was preceded by the ambush a week earlier of Anecito Rasalan, secretary to the mayor of Cotabato City, also along Sinsuat Avenue.

Rasalan, who was wounded in the shooting frenzy, is still undergoing medication at a hospital.

She was also attacked while driving at a busy portion of Sinsuat Avenue, which straddles through the center of the troubled Cotabato City.

The motorcycle-riding gunmen who shot and wounded Rasalan escaped even before responding policemen arrived at the scene.

Sema condemned the murder of Lucas and called on the city police to expedite its effort in identifying his killers.

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