By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
A barangay chairman and three of his companions died Saturday afternoon after being gunned down by unidentified armed men in the municipality of Tipo-Tipo in Basilan province, the military said on Sunday.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, identified the slain barangay chairman as Bin Saudi Sarakil of Brgy. Matata, Ungkaya Pukan. The three other victims were not named.
Vinluan said Sarakil and his companions were coming from Lamitan City and were traversing the road along Sitio Bacud, Brgy. Banah in Tipo-Tipo on board a red Honda Civic car when they were fired upon by unknown assailants.
“Our troops from the 18th Infantry Battalion immediately responded to the area and went after the fleeing lawless elements,” Vinluan added.
Pursuit operation is continuously being conducted.
Joint Task Force Basilan Commander Col. Domingo Gobway said the victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the different parts of their bodies that caused their instantaneous death.
“We are still conducting the in-depth investigation in coordination with our police counterparts from the Lamitan City and Tipo-Tipo stations to identify the perpetrators and the motive of the incident,” Gobway added. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL