ZAMBOANGA CITY: Five people were shot in separate attacks in Zamboanga Peninsula, police said Monday.
Police said among those wounded in the attacks were a village official and a woman and that investigations into the weekend violence have begun.
Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said a gunman barged into a house in the town of Lapuan in Zamboanga del Sur province and shot Jacinta Sabang, 57. He said the woman was peeling corn when the gunman opened fire with a homemade shotgun and fled after the attack.
Jacinta was rushed to hospital in nearby town of Margosatubig.
Huesca said a motorcycle gunman also shot and wounded Tata Borgonia, a councilor in the village of Lower Timonan in Dumingag town, also in the province. The victim was driving his motorcycle with two others when attacked by the gunman, who was tailing him.
He said three people were similarly wounded in separate attacks in Zamboanga del Norte province.
An unidentified gunman shot three people, but hit only one of them in the attack that occurred in Dapitan City. The assailant escaped on a motorcycle after the shooting.
Huesca said the attack wounded Allan Adlawon, who was rushed to a hospital. His two companions—Roy Galleposo and Randy Rocamora were both unhurt from the shooting along Ferdinand Blumentritt in the village of Linabo.
The three were on a motorcycle when the gunman attacked them. Police investigators recovered about a dozen bullet casings fired from a .45-pistol.
Motorcycle gunmen also shot Carlos Bigota and Basser Naser in downtown Sindangan and his attacker escaped after the shooting.
Police said the two men were selling fruits when the gunman, who arrived on a motorcycle, shot them without warning.