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"Holen gun" kills 5-year-old boy in Maguindanao

Local News • 10:00 AM Fri Aug 23, 2019
The suspect (back to camera in red shirt) and the "holen gun" (contributed photo)

PARANG, Maguindanao - A "holen gun," an improvised PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe gun and powered by alcohol loaded with “holen” or marble accidentally led to the death of a 5-year-old boy in a remote village here Thursday, police said.

The suspect is a playmate-cousin of the victim, Police Lt. Col. Ebrahim Jambiran, Parang town chief.

Jambiran said the incident happened in secluded community of Sitio Mangosteen in Barangay Gumagadong-Calawag past noon on Thursday.

“His cousin accidentally squeezed the trigger, not noticing it was loaded with a marble bullet that hit badly his younger cousin in the head,” Jambiran.

Though there were efforts to save the life of the victim, he was declared dead-on-arrival in the hospital in Cotabato City.

Holen guns in rural parts of Maguindanao are usually used to hunt birds or weapon to shoo away monkeys or wild boars attacking farmers' crops. It is powerful and considered deadly weapon by the police.

Jambiran appealed to locals of his town to stop using this weapon and persons who will be caught bringing or in possession of this improvised gun could face criminal charges.

The now beleaguered minor suspect was turned over to Municipal Social Welfare Office for proper disposition and psycho-social intervention.


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