Motorcycle-riding, armed gunmen kiill 2 sisters; witnesses mum

The victims, Undang Mangcong, 36, and her younger sister, Laga, 27, were standing on one corner of Purok Krislam in Barangay Poblacion in Kabacan when the suspects approached them and fired their guns to their heads, reports from Kabacan Police said. The suspects, onboard a motorcycle without a plate number, exited towards the southern portion the purok.

The sisters were declared dead by attending physicians in the hospital they were rushed to in Kabacan.      

A police investigator said the Mangcong sisters’ death could be related to drugs. He said  Purok Krislam (Krislam means Kristiyano-Islam), is known as a ‘drug haven’ in Kabacan, where users and couriers could get supplies of illegal drugs “just like buying cans of sardines from a sari-sari store.”       

The victims, he added, were suspected as drug couriers.

Chief Insp. Frank Anito, chief of Kabacan police, immediately ordered a probe on the killings.

“This is quite alarming since the victims were women.  The killers no longer regard even if their targets were weak and defenseless,” he said. 

Anito said they have yet to determine if, at all, the killings were related to illegal drugs trafficking in Kabacan.

“We felt so frustrated because the witnesses are not willing to testify.   We had so much difficulty in getting even the names of the victims,” he stressed. 

A number of  the villagers witnessed the daylight killings. “Yet, none of them was willing to give our investigators clues as to the identities of the killers,” he added.   (Malu Cadelina-Manar/MindaNews)