KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – Two farmers were killed and two other persons were wounded in a gun attack Thursday night in Matalam town in North Cotabato by motorcycle-riding assailants.
Chief Inspector Sunny Leoncito, chief of the Matalam police, identified the slain victims as Isidro Mata Cantil, and Ruben Alcalde Ramujal, both residents of Barangay Kabulacan, Matalam.
Injured were Prudencio Mata Cantil, of Kabulacan, and Ruben Santillano Agbunag, teacher and a resident of Barangay Kibia, Matalam.
Leoncito said the victims were onboard a tricycle driven by Isidro Cantil and were heading towards Kabulacan when waylaid by three motorcycle-riding gunmen along Purok Tagumpay-1, Barangay Marbel, Matalam.
The victims visited a sick relative at a hospital in Poblacion, Matalam prior to the ambush.
Isidro Cantil and Ramujal died on the spot while Prudencio Cantil and Agbunag were rushed to a hospital in Kidapawan City.
Leoncito said they already have names of the suspects but refused to divulge them to media as they were still investigating the incident.
Police said personal grudge and land conflict could be the motives behind the attack. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)