Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Manhunt on vs. killers of North Cotabato village chieftain

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 5): Manhunt on vs. killers of North Cotabato village chieftain

Police and military forces are now hunting down four men who ambushed and killed a village chieftain here on Tuesday morning.

Brig.Gen. Noel Clement, commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade, said soldiers have been sent to the village of Silik and Ginatilan, both in Pikit to help the police in hunting down the attackers of Pecson Alang Mangansakan, 60, chairman of Barangay Silik.

Chief Insp. Sindatuk Karim, Pikit police chief, said the victim was driving a village-owned Susuki multicab with his wife Marela enroute to the Barangay Poblacion when the ambush took place.

Karim said pursuit operation is still on going against the suspects who reportedly fled to Barangay Silik.

Quoting witnesses, Karim said two motorbikes, each with two men on board, were seen tailing Mangansakan from Silik.

As Mangansakan and his wife were approaching Barangay Ginatilan along a dirt road, one of two men on a motorcycle shot the village official three times.

Mangansakan was hit in the head, chest and body but his wife was unharmed.

Village watchmen of Barangay Ginatilan responded and engaged the gunmen in a brief firefight until the suspects fled.

Villagers also rushed Mangansakan to Cruzado Medical Clinic in Barangay Poblacion but the official was declared dead on arrival.

Karim said the slain Mangansakan is the uncle of Pikit Vice Mayor Don Mangansakan who is running for mayor in May elections.

"We could not say if this is election related, we are still investigating deeper," Karim said, adding that the slain village chief also survived an ambush few years ago.

Karim also appealed to the relatives of Mangansakan to allow the law to take its course.


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