COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The head of one of the offices in the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MIPA-BARMM) was gunned down at around 5:45 pm on Tuesday, December 20, after assailants followed her vehicle.
The gunmen opened fire while she was seated in the rear of a mini-van on her way home.
Police Major Amil Andungan Jr., chief of Station 2 of the Cotabato City police, identified the victim as 52-year-old Jocelyn Samar Palao, a resident of Timanan South Upi, Maguindanao del Sur.
Palao is the head of the Ancestral Domain Division of BARMM’s Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs. (An earlier version of this story misstated that Palao is the head of the BARMM’s IP affairs office. This has been corrected. – Editor)
The incident took place along LR Sebastian Street, Rosary Heights 11, Cotabato City.
An investigation revealed the victim and two male companions were about to reach the village of San Pablo, where they lived, when gunmen fired upon them using a .45 caliber pistol.
The gunmen immediately fled in an unknown direction after the shooting.
A team of scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) found about seven empty shells and slugs at the crime scene.
Andungan said police are requesting copies of CCTV footage from a hotel establishment and other business stalls to get better visuals regarding the identity of the suspects. – Rappler.com