Maguindanao vice mayor killed inside home
MANILA, Philippines – The vice mayor of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao, was killed after an unidentified suspect shot him inside his house on Sunday, November 27.
Initial reports said Vice Mayor Anwar Sindatuk was entertaining visitors in his house Sunday morning when an unidentified suspect shot him at close range, killing him on the spot, the Inquirer reported.
Another victim was hit by a stray bullet, ABS-CBN News reported.
The suspect fled on a motorcycle, radio dzBB reported.
Sindatuk has just assumed the post of vice mayor after the previous vice mayor, Anida Dimaukom, assumed the post of mayor, which was vacated when Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom was killed in an alleged shootout with police. Anida is also the widow of Samsudin.
Sindatuk won in the May 2016 elections as the town's number 1 councilor.
Samsudin Dimaukom, who was on the 'drug list' of President Rodrigo Duterte, was killed, along with 9 others, in an alleged shootout in Makilala, North Cotabato last October 28.
Only last September 27, the police raided his compound in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town but did not find illegal drugs.
Dimaukom ran under the Liberal Party, the former ruling party under the Aquino administration, in the May 2016 elections.
This is the latest in a string of government officials killed in recent weeks.
Aside from Dimaukom, another local government official in the 'drug list', Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, was killed while in police detention after allegedly resisting a search warrant for illegal weapons and drugs.
Also, two high-ranking finance officials were recent victims of ambushes: Bureau of Customs deputy commissioner Art Lachica, and Bureau of Internal Revenue regional director Jonas Amora. – Rappler.com
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