Newly-assumed village dad gunned down in GenSan

By Richelyn Gubalani

August 3, 2020, 8:28 pm

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead a newly-assumed barangay councilor in front of his daughter here  Monday morning.

Capt. Abdulsalam Mamalinta, chief of the Pendatun police station, said Barangay Baluan councilor Abdulmajid Mamalumpong was gunned down at around 8:20 a.m. at a gas station in Barangay Dadiangas North.

Mamalinta said the victim was about to board his vehicle when two masked suspects riding in tandem on a motorcycle approached and shot him several times.

He said the shooting was witnessed by the victim’s daughter, who was then inside their parked Mitsubishi sports utility vehicle.

Mamalumpong died on-the-spot due to five gunshot wounds on the head and body from a .45-caliber handgun.

The suspects, who were reportedly wearing black and red shirts, were last seen by witnesses speeding off towards the direction of the national highway aboard a Yamaha Sniper 150 motorcycle, police said.

“Our investigators are currently establishing the identities of the suspects and conducting intelligence gathering to track down their possible location,” Mamalinta said.

He said they were considering several angles, including personal and work-related circumstances, as possible motives.

The victim took his oath and officially assumed as barangay councilor of Baluan last June 3 after being appointed to replace his younger brother Omar, who was gunned down along Amao Road in Barangay Bula on March 3.

Omar’s killing, also perpetrated by motorcycle-riding gunmen, remains unsolved.

Armando Diamante, Baluan barangay chairman, said Abdulmajid has no known enemies in the area and had not confided any problem related to his work.

He said the victim had not handled sensitive matters as head of the environment committee, a post previously held by Omar.

“This is shocking and puzzling for us. We’re calling on authorities to dig deeper into these cases,” he said. (PNA)