Sgt. Delfin Dangayo may have survived the fight against Maute terrorists in war-torn Marawi City, but his life ended in an unexpected shooting incident in Mabini town, Compostela Valley on Wednesday.
Dangayo was heading to a cemetery in Brgy. Pindasan to attend the burial of his colleague who died in the Marawi siege when he was shot by motorcycle-riding assailants in Brgy. San Antonio, Mabini town.
Mabini police chief Sr. Insp. Jesser Vagilidad IV said the perpetrators could have been members of the New People's Army as Dangayo was wearing his army uniform while traveling from Tagum City.
"Ang plain motive na tinitingnan natin ngayon is liquidation. It is done by the SPARU (Special Partisan Unit) [ng New People's Army] or any lawless elements kasi nga dahil sa kampanya natin ngayon to strengthen our force regarding ISO (internal security operations) matters," the police chief said.
The slain soldier was planning to return to Marawi to help state troops in their battle against Islamic state-linked terrorists -- a conflict that has been going on for more than two months now.
Fighting between government forces and Maute extremists in Marawi City broke out last May 23 and has left at least 539 terror suspects and 122 soldiers dead.
The crisis has displaced the city's more than 200,000 residents and thousands more in nearby areas.