Unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy of Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., wounding the local chief executive and a member of his staff.
Reports reaching the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region indicated that four of their companions were killed in the attack on Friday afternoon in Kalilangan, Bukidnon.
Among those killed were police officers, Police Staff Sergeant Mohammad Jurai Mipanga Adiong, 40; Police Corporal Johanie Lawi Sumandar, 39; and Police Corporal Jalil Ampuan Cosain, 40.
A driver identified only as Kobi was also killed.
Aside from Adiong, his staff Ali Macapado Tabao was also hurt in the attack.
Adiong's convoy was en route to Wao, Lanao del Sur at 4 p.m. when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen.
Adiong and his wounded staffer were brought to the provincial hospital in Kalilangan.
Lanao del Sur Representative Zia Adiong, the governor's brother, said he was already "out of danger."
"Through the grace of Allah (SWT), Gov. Bombit is in stable condition. The worst has passed. He’s out of danger, inshaa Allah," Zia said on Facebook.
"We are heartbroken over the deaths of his security details, all of whom are family members and relatives who were in convoy with my brother during the violent attack," he added. —NB, GMA Integrated News