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Maguindanao village chief shot dead in N. Cotabato

Local News • 15:33 PM Tue Jul 21, 2015
Wiliamor Magbanua

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Two men riding tandem on a motorbike shot dead a Maguindanao village chair while he was driving his motorbike in North Cotabato Monday morning, police said.The victim, Melly Macaton-Pinagayao, 44, chairperson of Barangay Lasangan, Gen. SK Pendatun, Maguindanao,died instantly after two men opened fire on him along Magsaysay Street, Mlang, North Cotabato, according to Supt. Bernard Tayong, spokesperson of North Cotabato police office.Tayong said Pinagayao, 44, was driving his motorbike from Matalam and two men were seen tailing him on separate motorbike. He sustained multiple gun shots in various parts of the body,” Supt. Tayong. Responding elements of the Mlang PNP recovered several empty shells for cal. 45 pistol. After the incident was reported to the local police, combined elements of Army, police and Barangay Peacekeeping Action team (BPAT) forces launhced hot pursuit operation against the suspects. The team recovered the suspects' YamahaRouser motorcycle abandoned near Barangay New Rizal, Mlang. The said motorcycle was registered under the name of Rodolfo Avilla of Davao City. Tayong said they are now coordinating with the owner of the abandoned motorcycle in Davao City to get his side and for possible identification of one of the suspects. Motive of the attack remained unknown. Pinagayao relative,Abdul Kadir Caballero, has urged the police to conduct deeper investigation to identity the perpetratorsand determine the motive. Caballero described his uncle as dedicated public servant and has no known enemies in their place. He too could not say why the village chair was killed. I hope justice will be served, Caballero said.

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