Tacloban City: FIVE persons were killed when onboard a motor boat was ambushed along Gandara River on Friday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Eastern Visayas Spokesman Chief Insp. Mark Nalda identified the victims as barangay councilors Michael Ocong, 41, Alvin Casaljay 25, 55-year-old Pepe Ocong, a still unidentified minor and the eldest son of Councilor Ocong identified only as RR.
A survivor, Aquino Ocong, 55, was in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital.
Nalda said that initial investigation conducted by Gandara Police showed that the victims were on their way to the town proper when unidentified armed men opened fire at them.
The armed men fled while passengers from other motor boats brought the victims to the hospital.
Nalda said that RR Ocong died on the spot, while the four other victims were declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.
Nalda added that the Gandara police is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the motive and identities of the suspects. He said that they have yet to determine also if the attack was politically motivated.