Couple killed in Maguindanao ambush

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DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/01 November) —  A consultant of the mayor of Cotabato City and his wife, a city Hall employee, were killed in an ambush along Barangay Semba on their way home from a grocery at around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Chief Inspector Lendsy Sinsuat, Datu Odin Sinsuat Chief of Police identified the victims as George Busque, 70, and his wife Marilou.

The bullet-riddled vehicle of the Busque couple, George and Marilyn. The couple was ambushed in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Saturday evening. MIndaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABERRA The bullet-riddled vehicle of the Busque couple, George and Marilyn. The couple was ambushed in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Saturday evening. MIndaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABERRA

George, a retired Human Resources officer at City Hall, was consultant of Mayor Japal Guinai Jr,  while Marilou was assigned at the Public Employment Office of City Hall.

Sinsuat said initial investigation showed a motorcycle-riding man with a 9 mm pistol moved closer to the couple’s gray Toyota Avanza vehicle, on the side of George who was driving and fired at them.

Pendatu Sinsuat, chair of Barangay Semba, said this is the same information they received although there are also reports the suspects were riding in tandem.

Police reports indicate George still managed to drive at least a hundred meters.  His wife died on the spot.

Mayor Guiani condemned the killing, saying “the attack on the Busque couple is also an attack on me.”

He said they are doing everything to identify the perpetrators.

Guiani said this is the second time an employee of Cith Hall was attacked. In August, his executive secretary Boy Razalan survived a slay attempt. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera / MindaNews)

 

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