Pagadian City Councilor ambushed; driver hurt

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/11 July) – A councilor of Pagadian City representing indigenous peoples, was ambushed by unidentified gunmen at around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Councilor Rio Olimpio Lingating, 47, was unscathed but his driver, 22-year old Trifil Jay Macarial, was injured, Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) spokesperson.

Huesca said Lingating and Macarial were aboard a Strada pick-up traveling to Ozamiz City when ambushed by unidentified gunmen at around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at Purok Curvada, Barangay Dao, Pagadian City.

Lingating was catching up with the flight from Ozamiz City to Davao City, where he will attend a conference, when ambushed.

However, Huesca said Macarial was wounded by windshield’s shards not by the gunmen’s bullets.

Lingating was catching up with the flight from Ozamiz City to Davao City, where he was attending a conference, when ambushed. (MindaNews)

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