Town councilor shot dead in Bukidnon

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Cagayan de Oro (CNN Philippines, June 13) — A municipal councilor from Talakag, Bukidnon was killed by unidentified gunmen in Barangay San Antonio on Saturday, June 12.

According to the police, Susan Gayonan died from two gunshot wounds while two other people were injured. They were identified as Dona Mae Timtim and Luther Joey Bustillo, the councilor’s niece and nephew, respectively.

Gayonan was declared dead upon arrival at the Talakag Provincial Hospital.

Meanwhile, Timtim sustained two gunshot wounds in the head and was brought to the intensive care unit of the Maria Reyna Hospital in Cagayan de Oro, while Bustillo is now under observation at the Capitol University Medical Center in the same city.

An investigation showed the two gunmen, both wearing jackets and long pants, suddenly appeared from the direction of Talakag proper and shot Gayonan.

Recovered from the scene were five empty cartridge cases of a caliber .45 pistol, a magazine with six live bullets, and an unfired live ammo.

Talakag Mayor Vergito Factura has directed the local police to swiftly identify the suspects and bring them to justice, as well as intensify the conduct of checkpoints. Investigators are looking at the motive behind the incident.