AMBUSH-SLAY. Police sealed off the crime scene where Maguindanao rice dealer Bon Jovi Sindatok Edzla was shot dead along Quezon Avenue, Midsayap, North Cotabato on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.  The Midsayap police has launched a manhunt on Edzala’s assailants. (Photo courtesy of Benny Queman, Radyo Bandera-Midsayap)

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato – Police are hot on the trail of two motorcycle-riding gunmen who shot down a Maguindanao trader at a busy thoroughfare here.

Lt. Colonel Rolly Oranza, Midsayap town police chief, said 53-year-old rice dealer Bon Jovi Sindatok Edzla of Datu Piang, Maguindanao, was in his Isuzu pickup truck when ambushed by assailants along Quezon Avenue in Barangay Poblacion here at 4 pm Tuesday.

“The victim died (after undergoing treatment) at Amado Diaz Hospital,” Oranza said of Edzala, who ran for a seat in the Datu Piang town council in last May's elections.

Scene of the crime (SOCO) investigators found seven empty shells of a .45 pistol at the scene.

Oranza said they are still reviewing closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of business establishments near the site of the crime scene. (PNA)