ZAMBOANGA CITY: Gunmen riding tandem on a motorcycle shot and wounded a village chieftain in a broad daylight attack in Pagadian City in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said.
Police said the victim, Abdul Racman Talumpay, 48, village chieftain of Dalapang in Labangan town, was shot near Agora Market along Pajares Avenue in Santa Lucia District. Talumpay was heading to the market to buy dried fish when one of two gunmen shot him with a .45-caliber pistol.
The gunmen escaped after the weekend attack. Talumpay was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound in the neck. The motive of the failed assassination is still unknown, but police launched an investigation into the attack and who were behind it. Talumpay’s family did not give any statement to the media about the shooting or whether it was connected to politics or family feud.
Gun attacks perpetrated by motorcycle gunmen are almost a daily occurrence in Pagadian City, where hired killers are actively operating. Many of the shooting incidents here are unresolved.
In nearby San Pablo town, a gunman was also shot after he opened fire and wounded a cop who was trying to arrest in the town of San Pablo in Zamboanga del Sur province.
Officials said the gunman, Edralin Villalon, was being arrested by PO1 Marjun Anghad, 26, when he pulled a pistol and shot the cop and hitting him on the left foot. Despite his wound, Anghad managed to shoot back at his attacker and wounded him on the leg and arrested the 36-year old man.
Anghad and another cop, PO1 Marjun Cortez, responded to a report of indiscriminate shooting at Purok Quatro in the village of Pao where they spotted Villalon, a resident of Guinocolaly village in nearby Dinas town.
Officials said a .45-caliber pistol was recovered from Villalon. It was unknown whether the weapon was licensed or not or why Villaon was carrying the gun. AL JACINTO