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Village chair shot

By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief,
Ric Palahang and Sita Asequia

Iligan City — Authorities are now looking at identifying the “persons of interest” caught in a close-circuit television in a diner where a village chair was shot Monday.

Police city director Senior Supt. Leony Roy Ga said the shooting incident could be a case of clan feud (rido) based on the initial investigation of this city’s Police Station 5, Poblacion, here.

He said that the shooting could “not be Isis-inspired,” and “could  have been planned” by the suspects, which have not been identified as of presstime.

However, Ga added they now have “persons of interest.”

On Monday evening, Al Shury Lucman Dipatuan, 35, and a barangay chair of Bacolod Kalawi in Lanao del Sur was shot by several suspects after eating at a diner here in Palao.

Ga said the suspects waited for Dipatuan to finish eating and might have waited too for their target to settle in his car. While there inside, the suspects then shot him. He said the victim, although mortally hit in several parts of his body managed to drive his vehicle, a few meters away in an effort to elude the shooters but succeeded in ramming other vehicles along the way.

Dipatuan was first rushed to Adventist Medical Center but was later transferred to  Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro City.

This paper learned yesterday that Dipatuan was again transferred to another hospital in same city.

Ga said they are studying the footages from the CCTV camera that captured the shooting incident.

He said a woman was also seen in the footage taking pictures of the target. Ga said this reinforces their suspicion that it was a “planned” hit.


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