Suspects in murder of Magpet barangay secretary identified

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 16 December) — Authorities have identified suspects in the killing Friday of a barangay secretary in Magpet, North Cotabato.

But Chief Inspector Rommel Constantino, chief of Magpet Police, said they already have the profiles of the suspects but cannot as yet divulge their identities.

Joel Ecnad, secretary of Barangay Manobisa in Magpet town, was gunned down, at around 11:20 a.m. on Friday in a thickly populated community in Poblacion, Magpet, by one of the two armed suspects who wore black bonnets.

Police said that after the gunmen made sure their target was dead, they withdrew to an unknown direction on board a black SkyGo motorcycle without a plate number.

Ecnad’s friend, identified only as Marilyn, was hit by a stray bullet.  She sustained a gunshot wound on her left arm. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)