North Cotabato

Shot dead: North Cotabato mayor in Duterte drug list

Rambo Talabong
Shot dead: North Cotabato mayor in Duterte drug list

SHOT DEAD. Mayor Christopher "Amping" Cuan.

Libungan LGU photo

Libungan town mayor Christopher Cuan survived an assassination attempt in 2019

Christopher “Amping” Cuan, the mayor of Libungan town in North Cotabato who was included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s infamous drug list, was shot dead along with his driver on Monday, January 11, police said.

The mayor survived a kill attempt two years ago.

In a phone interview with Rappler, Libungan police chief Captain Jennifer Amutan said Cuan and his driver were killed by an unidentified gunman at around 10:30 am at Barangay Cabaruyan.

Amutan said Cuan and his driver were shot while inspecting a cockpit under construction. Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died on the spot, said Amutan.

The local police chief said the culprit was seen aboard an SUV.

Cuan was included in Duterte’s infamous drug list in 2016.

In January 2019, he survived an assassination attempt where a gunman stormed the town hall and tried to fire at him. A utility worker was wounded before the gunman fled the scene through a van.

Mayor Cuan joins over a dozen mayors who were killed ever since President Duterte assumed office in 2016 and declared a “war” against corruption, criminality, and drugs. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.