PRO9 strongly condemns the recent killings of Hon. Marianita Agbonesa Pitogo, Barangay Chairwoman of Purok Durian, Lison Valley, Pagadian City and five others after they were ambushed by unidentified male suspects with the use of high caliber firearms at Purok Dumalian, Barangay Lourdez, Pagadian City at around 7:30 AM of September 13, 2016.
PSSUPT MICHAEL M NICOLAS, Provincial Director, Zamboanga Del Sur Police Provincial Office, identified the fatalities as Hon. Marianita Agbonesa Pitogo, Barangay Chairwoman of Purok Durian, Lison Valley, Pagadian City; Renato Magdadaro Malantig, the common-law-husband of Hon. Pitogo, Rosalinda Gonzaga Enodio, Rosalita Agbonesa Cagas, Rowell Gonzaga Edoquio and the wounded as Susan Manusay Hunis.
The victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds on the different parts of their body.
Investigation disclosed that that the victims departed from the house of Hon. Pitogo aboard a military-type jeep, driven by victim Renato with the rest as passengers going to Dao, Pagadian City to attend an activity relative to “Megayon Festival”. Upon reaching the muddy and curved area of the road along Purok Dumalian, Barangay Lourdes, Pagadian City, the victims were waylaid by unidentified persons believed to have positioned themselves at the shoulder of the road using bushes and grasses as cover, hitting the different parts of their bodies which resulted in their immediate death. Victim Susan Manusay Hunis, suffered gunshot wounds on her leg and thigh but survived the attack and was rushed by a passing habal-habal to to a hospital.
The suspects, who fled to unknown direction after the incident, are now the subject of the manhunt operation being conducted by Pagadian City Police Station.
Recovered at the crime scene were nine pieces of spent Cal. 5.56 cartridge, and seven pieces fired cal .30 cartridge.
PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN, PRO9 Acting Regional Director, condemns the treacherous killings as an act of cowardice as it attacked defenseless civilian and public officials.
PCSUPT BELTRAN directed Zamboanga Del Sur PPO and Pagadian City Police to conduct a manhunt operation against the suspects and to do an in-depth investigation in order to identify the motive and identities of the assailants.
PCSUPT BELTRAN likewise reminds the general public and all Government Officials to be calm and vigilant at all times.