Filtered By: Topstories

Drug syndicate likely behind ambush of Lanao del Sur gov, others —police

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a drug syndicate was behind the February 17 ambush on the convoy of Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr.

According to an Unang Balita report from GMA Regional TV One Mindanao on Tuesday, police said they are now focusing on seven suspects who are supposed members of a drug syndicate.

The group shot Adiong's convoy possibly due to his campaign against illegal drugs, it added.

On February 17, authorities destroyed P5 million worth of marijuana in a plantation in Maguing town.

On the same day, unidentified gunmen attacked the convoy of Adiong in Kalilangan, Bukidnon, and killed four of his companions.

The fatalities were identified as Police Staff Sergeant Mohammad Jurai Mipanga Adiong, 40; Police Corporal Johanie Lawi Sumandar, 39; Police Corporal Jalil Ampuan Cosain, 40, and a driver identified only as Kobi.

Adiong and two of his staff were hurt in the attack. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA Integrated News