Kabacan, North Cotabato—Police are hot on the trail of armed men who ambushed and killed a municipal councilor of Maguindanao and a companion along the stretch of the highway here on Sunday.
Lt. Col. Bernard Tayong, speaking for the North Cotabato police, identified the slain councilor as Ruben “Udzi” Mindalagat of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao.
“The councilor died on the spot,” Tayong said.
His companion, Mokamad Mindalagat, was critically injured and was later pronounced dead on arrival at Albutra hospital situated about 20 meters away from the ambush scene.
The two were heading home in Datu Montawal aboard a black Honda Fit vehicle (MGE-382) driven by the town official from Kabacan public market where they bought food supplies when ambushed at 10:30 a.m.
Maj. Peter Pinalgan, Kabacan town police chief, said the remains of the victims were taken by their relatives and buried according to Muslim rites.
Aside from ongoing pursuit operations, Pinalgan said they have also invited several “persons of interest” to shed light on the incident.