CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO – Police labeled the policy but did not give details about the possible motive for the murder of two councilors from a town of Bukidnon on Monday, January 20, just a few steps from the town hall where they would attend a council session.
Loreno Pedyaan and Mauricio Guinto, councilors from the village of Dominorog in the city of Talakag, were about to enter the village hall to attend the council session when they were killed at 9 a.m. on Monday.
Both were prominent personalities in Dominorog, a town populated by members of the Higaonon tribe about 54 kilometers from the center of Talakag.
Maj. Silvestre Asiong Jr., spokesman for the Bukidnon provincial police, said investigators were focusing on politics as a possible motive for the murder.
However, Asiong refused to give details. He confirmed reports that the victims were heading to the council session when they were shot.
Witnesses said an armed man approached Pedyaan and Guinto and shot them a short distance and a few meters from the town hall.
Pedyaan, who was shot in the chest, tried to flee the suspect, fell to the ground and died on the spot.
Guinto, who was shot in the head, was rushed to Bukidnon Provincial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
SSgt. Ismael Balbutin, a Talakag police investigator, said in a separate interview that at least three suspects, who were traveling on two motorcycles, were involved.
Two of the suspects acted as vigilantes, he said.
Balbutin said the guards were near the entrance of the town hall. “They must have pointed to the gunman” when the targets arrived, Balbutin added.
Balbutin said the Talakag police already had a list of people of interest, but they still couldn’t make it public pending further investigation.
Police said they would give the victims families and colleagues time to cry and bury Pedyaan and Guinto before proceeding with the investigation.
Edited by TSB
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