2 soldiers shot dead in Marawi

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 December) — Two Army troopers belonging to the 65th Infantry Battalion based in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur were gunned down by unidentified armed men at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Pangarungan village in Marawi City.

Inspector Parson J. Asadil of Marawi City police station identified the victims as Sgt Jhon Bernas Saballe and Sofronio Saliling Grame, Jr.

Saballe was declared dead on arrival while Grame died a few minutes after undergoing treatment at Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi.

Asadil said the two victims were at the market for some purchases and to gather more information on the shooting of an ABS-CBN news team on Saturday when they were shot.

The police official denied there’s a breakdown of law and order in Marawi. He maintained the situation is under control despite the series of killing and shooting incidents.

“The murder case of the late Police Inspector Al Abnir Wahab Santos who was ambushed was elevated to higher court in Manila since two of the prime suspects were police from Lanao del Sur,” Asadil said.

Col. Roseller Murillo, commanding officer of 103rd Infantry Brigade based in Kampo Ranao has ordered putting up checkpoints at possible exits and track down the suspects.

He said a closed-circuit television footage in a nearby establishment captured the images of the suspects that could lead to the identity of the assailants. (Richel V. Umel/MindaNews)