TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A barangay chairman from Mallig town and a wedding cook from the City of Ilagan were killed in separate shooting incidents in Isabela.
Bartolome Mackay, 56, the barangay chair of Trinidad, Mallig, Isabela, was shot to death by unidentified gunmen on early Wednesday morning, May 9.
Police said Mackay was riding a bicycle, his daily exercise, when the crime happened.
In a police report obtained by Forum, the victim’s body was found by a man living near the crime scene. Police said the man heard several gun fires and saw two men walking away from the scene.
The suspects headed south to nearby Barangay Manano, Mallig, Isabela, the witness told police.
The Police Provincial Crime Laboratory Office has processed the crime scene, yet police are still determining the motive of the crime. Police are still on the hunt for the suspects.
Mackay is the first barangay chair in Isabela to be killed during the election period, Acting Isabela Police Provincial Director Senior Supterintendent Mariano Rodriguez said in reports.
Meanwhile in Ilagan, a cook was shot dead by unidentified men while preparing food in a wedding banquet on Tuesday, May 8.
The victim, Arthur Mata, in Centro-San Antonio village while cooking food for a wedding banquet in Barangay Centro-San Antonio.
Mata suffered two bullet wounds in his abdomen while his companions Primar Baje and Alberto Viernes were left injured following the incident.
Baje and Viernes are now being treated in a community hospital in Ilagan, after suffering leg wounds, Ilagan City Police Chief Police Superintendent Rafael Pagalilauan said in a report.
Police are eyeing personal grudge as the motive of the attack, adding that the shooting was “not random,” reports say. Northernforum.net