Google maps of President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat; and Datu Paglat, Maguindanao del Sur.

TACURONG CITY – Two village councilmen were killed in separate gun attacks in Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao del Sur provinces on Monday, police said Tuesday.

In Sultan Kudarat, gunmen shot dead Mahadi Khalipapa, a council member of Barangay Malingon in President Quirino town.

Maj. Davis Dulawan, the municipal police chief, said Khalipapa was with his wife aboard a motorcycle when tailed and fired upon by gunmen aboard a separate motorbike in Purok 6 of the same village shortly before noon Monday.

The village official was killed on the spot while his wife was injured and has been undergoing medication in an undisclosed hospital.

“We appeal for your help in ensuring President Quirino remain peaceful,” Dulawan said in an interview.

In Paglat town, Maguindanao del Sur, unidentified gunmen also shot dead a former village councilman in Barangay Damalusay on Monday afternoon, according to town police chief Lt. Amer Hussein Disomangcop.

Disomangcop identified the victim as Nasser Mangetog Labay, 54, a resident of Damalusay.

“He was tilling his farm lot and took a short breather when a still unidentified man arrived and shot him without provocation,” he said.

 Police could not yet determine the motive of the attacks and whether they are related to the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this year. (PNA)