COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Dec) – The police chief of the municipality of Binidayan in Lanao del Sur and a village watchman were killed in a daring ambush that turned into a fierce exchange of fire early Tuesday evening in the same town.
Col. Madzgani Mukaram, Lanao del Sur police chief, confirmed the death of Executive Master Sergeant Amen Lucman Macalanggan, his former close aide and driver, who was officer-in-charge of Binidayan police.
A member of the Barangay Police Action Team (BPAT) was also killed, while a patrolman and a non-uniformed personnel survived the attack.
The incident took place around 6:30 p.m. “It’s really work-related after his series of law enforcement operations during his short stint as municipal officer-in-charge,” Mukaram said.
He added that Macalanggan had shown his gallant bravery as he drew his firearms and fired against armed perpetrators despite wounds inflicted from the first burst of fire until he was overpowered by his enemies while taking cover behind the tires of his police car.
Mukaram said that in Macalanggan’s short stay of three weeks as town police chief, he had shown tremendous accomplishments, like running after illegal logging activities and confiscation of carnapped vehicles and contrabands, and among others.
Macalanggan came from the yearend meeting of the provincial police office in Marawi City where he showcased his accomplishments, Mukaram said.
The slain police officer, who is in his middle 40s, was a former Marine officer before he joined the Philippine National Police.
This was the second attempt on his life; the first was in Balabagan town, also in Lanao del Sur, years ago.
Mukaram vowed justice to his fallen former aide. (Ferdinandh Cabrera / MindaNews)