COTABATO CITY (MindaNews)–Police launched a manhunt against two men who shot dead a Maguindanao town coun-cilor upon arrival at the venue of a Muslim wedding on Saturday morning, police said.
Councilor Norhasim Ulangkaya, 28, of Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguin-danao was shot as he en-tered Lady Shims Restau-rant in Barangay Calean in Tacurong City at 10 a.m., according to Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, Sultan Kuda-rat police director.
Ulangkaya was a guest at the wedding.
Supiter said Norma Karatuan, 52 of Barangay Dalagdagan, Mangudadatu town, also in Maguindanao, and one of the guests, was hit by stray bullets.
Ulangkaya and Kara-tuan were rushed to the St. Louis Hospital but Ulang-kaya was declared dead by attending physicians. Karatuan is still confined in the hospital.
Quoting witnesses, Supiter said the two gun-men were seen at the en-trance of the restaurant before the shooting, pre-tending to be guests.
As soon as Ulangkaya entered the venue, one of the two suspects followed him and opened fire at him in front of the horrified crowd. He was hit in the abdomen and right knee.
Supiter said motive of the murder could be personal grudge or “rido” (clan war).
Ulangkaya’s civilian armed escort was invited by the Tacurong City police to shed light on the murder. Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/MindaNews