By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – A suspected gun-for-hire operative ambushed and killed a village councilor here at around 11 a.m. on Monday, police official said.
Lt. Col. Ramel Hojilla, city police director here, identified the slain “kagawad” as Nasrullah Manibpel of Barangay Nuangan.
Hojilla said Manibpel was driving his motorcycle towards home when the gunman shot him, hitting in the stomach.
According to Hojilla, the suspect exited towards the northern portion of the village using a motorcycle that was parked just few meters away.
Hojilla, citing interviews they did with relatives of Manibpel, told media that the village councilor has been receiving death threats from unknown individuals days before his murder.
But Hojilla refused to disclose to media where the threats were coming from and possible motive for the killing as this might hamper their investigations on the case.
Mayor Joseph Evangelista has condemned the killing of Manibpel and assured his constituents that his leadership will work closely with law enforcement units to bring to justice the killer.
Evangelista, in his statement, called the killing of Manibpel “an act of cowardice and violence”.
He also urged the public to be vigilant and coordinate with authorities should they have information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.