Town accountant in Maguindanao slain in ambush

Pereras said Frondoza was inside his car, together with two security escorts, and was on his way to the municipal hall when waylaid by two motorcycle-riding men at around 10 am along Barangay Poblacion-Uno in Parang.

Frondoza was hit on his head and died on the spot.

His escorts, Rommel Sinolabas and Winnie Oliveros were injured but Pereras said they were able to return fire at the suspects with their M-16 rifles. There was no report indicating they hit any of the assailants. Frondoza’s escorts were rushed to nearby hospital in Cotabato City for treatment.

Pereras said Frondoza has been receiving death threats since last year.  He has hired escorts to protect himself. 

Police investigators said they were certain the killing was work-related but they were yet to identify his killers or the mastermind of the killing.

Frondoza's killing was the second this week of a government official in Central Mindanao.

On Wednesday afternoon, two motorcycle-riding men wearing ski-masks shot Francisco Mecutuan, Jr., election registrar of Tulunan, North Cotabato, along the highway in M’lang, also in North Cotabato.

Police hinted politics could be behind the killing. Reports reaching North Cotabato PNP said Mecutuan has turned down a number of flying voters from nearby towns in Maguindanao to register in Tulunan town for the forthcoming 2010 elections.   

“He could have been silenced because he was difficult to deal with,” said a police intelligence officer. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)