Kidapawan barangay councilor slain in gun attack

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – A suspected gun-for-hire shot and killed a village councilor here past 11 a.m. on Monday, a police official said.

Lt. Col. Ramel Hojilla, city police director, identified the slain kagawad as Nasrullah Manibpel of Barangay Nuangan.

Hojilla said Manibpel was driving his motorcycle towards home when the gunman shot him on his stomach.

The suspect reportedly exited towards the northern portion of the village using as getaway a motorcycle parked just a few meters away from the crime site.

Although few residents saw what happened as the place was located at the center of the barangay, none of them could identify the suspect, the police official said.

Hojilla, citing interviews they did with relatives of Manibpel, told media that the village councilor had been receiving death threats from unknown individuals days before his murder.

But Hojilla refused to disclose to media where the threats were coming from and possible motive for the killing as this might hamper their investigations on the case.

Kidapawan Mayor Joseph Evangelista condemned the killing and assured his constituents that his leadership will work closely with law enforcement units to bring to justice the killer.

Evangelista, in his statement, called the killing of Manibpel “an act of cowardice and violence.”

He urged the public to be vigilant and coordinate with authorities should they have information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)