Former S. Kudarat town councilor killed in ambush

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – A former municipal councilor of Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat was killed on Wednesday night in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the area.

Supt. Joefel Siason, Isulan police chief, said Thursday that victim Elno Segura, 37, was on his way home aboard his gray Honda Civic sedan when he was waylaid by two motorcycle-riding suspects at a portion of Purok PC Barracks in Barangay Kalawag II around 9:30 p.m.

He said Segura has just left the residence of his girlfriend near the area when the incident happened.

“It appeared to be a well-planned attack. (The suspects) were familiar with the movements and were clearly waiting for the victim at the scene,” he said in a radio interview.

Siason said their operatives recovered at the scene at least 11 spent shells of caliber .45 and 9mm handguns.

Citing accounts from witnesses, including the victim’s girlfriend, he said the suspects left the scene aboard a red motorcycle.

The official said Segura sustained gunshot wounds on his chest and head and failed to reach the Sultan Kudarat provincial hospital alive.

Siason said they were still clueless as to the motive of the incident and the possible identity of the suspects.

“The case is under investigation and we’re currently gathering some information and evidences that would help establish its motive,” he said.

Segura was elected municipal councilor of Isulan in 2010 but failed in his reelection bid in 2013 as a stalwart of the United Nationalist Alliance.

Siason said the victim has since joined the Department of Education as a teacher in a local public school.

The victim is a younger brother of newly-reinstated Isulan Municipal Planning and Development Office head, Engr. Elias Segura.

The elder Segura, who is also a former municipal administrator, was dismissed from service by incumbent Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue in 2007 but was ordered reinstated last year by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Pallasigue initially refused to implement the CSC ruling but later heeded based on an order issued earlier this year by the Isulan Regional Trial Court.