Town councilor killed in Maguindanao ambush

By John Unson

BULLET RIDDLED CAR: A Toyota pick-up truck of Guindulungan Councilor Morsid Lauban when he was killed in an ambush by unidentified gunmen at the border of Guindulungan and Talayan towns in Maguindanao. (Photo by John Unson)

Gunmen killed an incumbent municipal councilor in Guindulungan town in a daring ambush on Monday morning.

Morsid Lauban, member of the Sangguniang Bayan in Guindulungan, Maguindanao, died on the spot from multiple bullet wounds.

He was driving his black Toyota pick-truck  when gunmen, positioned along a stretch of a highway at the border of Maguindanao’s Guindulungan and Talayan towns, opened fire, killing him on the spot.

Two of his companions were wounded in the incident, now confined at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center in nearby Cotabato City.

Mayor Midpantao Midtimbang, Jr. said Lauban was en route to the town proper of Guindulungan from Cotabato City to attend their Monday flag ceremony at the municipal government compound when he and his companions were attacked.

“I condemn this atrocity. We are hoping for a prompt action on this by authorities,” said Midtimbang, chairperson of the inter-agency, multi-sector Guindulungan municipal peace and order council.

The mayor called on the Maguindanao provincial police and the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to put closure to the fatal ambush of Lauban.

“Our local government unit will cooperate in the investigation,” Midtimbang said. (John Unson)

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