AMBUSH-SLAY. A police officer checks on a couple killed by still unidentified gunmen in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2022) in what police believed was triggered by a personal grudge. A stray bullet also killed a tricycle driver in the incident. (Photo courtesy of Datu Salibo MPS)

COTABATO CITY – Police have launched a manhunt against gunmen in separate shootings that left four persons dead in Maguindanao Tuesday.

Col. Christopher Panapan, Maguindanao police director, said Wednesday he ordered the manhunt to seek justice for the victims.

In one of the incidents, Panapan said a couple was gunned down by two men riding tandem on a motorbike in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Maj. Roldan Kuntong, Datu Salibo police chief, said the victims, Salik Sulaiman, 47; and his wife Guiaria, 42, both of Mamasapano town, were onboard a green multicab when attacked.

“They were heading for home when assaulted in a flooded area of the national highway in Barangay Sambolawan,” Kutong told reporters.

The coupler died on the spot, he said, adding that a tricycle driver Narex Bangkaling, 39, was also killed when hit by stray bullets.

An hour later, an unidentified gunman shot dead a tricycle driver in Barangay Dalican, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

Bobot Masundig, 36, of Cotabato City was killed on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Panapan said initial investigation showed that the shootings were triggered by personal grudges. (PNA)