By Malu Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – The leader of a progressive farmers’ organization in Matalam, North Cotabato, was gunned down Monday night.
Authorities said Medardo Espina Barro, 59, and resident of Sitio Natipakan, Barangay Latagan in Matalam, was drinking with friends and relatives outside his house when two men, one of them armed with an M4 armalite, shot him several times.
Barro died on the spot.
Witnesses told police the assailants then walked to a black pickup truck parked not far from Barro’s house and sped towards the town of Antipas.