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Barangay official, IPMR slain by unidentified killers

A BARANGAY councilor and an indigenous people’s representative were shot to death by unidentified perpetrators in Sitio Bagong Silang, Barangay Baganihan, Marilog District, around 10:48 a.m. on July 1.

Captain Hazel Tuazon, the spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), identified the victims as Barangay Kagawad Joel Daguinsal Siawan, 37, a resident of Purok 7, Pangudlutan, and Ernesto Linog Matalam, 52, Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR), a resident of Sitio Namnam, Baganihan. 

The victims were conducting a tribal ritual with other companions on a vacant lot. After the ceremony, they headed toward the national highway when they were ambushed. Witnesses claimed the gun bursts came from the woods. 

The Marilog Police Station and 1st City Mobile Force Company, Marilog Cluster 1, and the 27th Infantry Battalion also deployed personnel to possibly identify and arrest the perpetrators.

For now, investigators are trying to determine the motive of the crime.


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