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Man facing murder case killed in Cotabato gun attack —police official

KIDAPAWAN CITY – A man accused of murder, and who was hiding in a remote village in Makilala, Cotabato was gunned down by still unidentified assailant on Tuesday evening, a police official said Wednesday.

Major Arniel Melocotones, chief of the Makilala PNP, identified the victim as Jonathan Flores Cagas, 38, a fish vendor, and a resident of Purok-7, Barangay Luna Norte, Makilala.

Melocotones said the victim was sitting outside his house when a still unidentified gunman, wearing bonnet, shot him four times in the head, causing his instantaneous death.

Witnesses said the assailant was a six-footer man,  medium-built, and "good-looking."

Likewise, they said that the suspect just walked casually away towards a motorcycle that was parked some 10 meters away from the victim’s house, and fled in the direction of the M’lang-Makilala highway.

Melocotones said the victim had long been accused of murder, but the court decided to grant him provisional liberty after witnesses failed to appear in several court hearings in Davao City.

It was said that after he was granted temporary liberty, he sought shelter in Barangay Luna Norte.

Police investigation is ongoing to identify the suspect and establish the motive for the attack.   —LBG,GMA News