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Gunman used ambulance in Marawi City attack — police

The suspect in a shooting attack in Marawi City used a town ambulance to stage the crime, according to Jun Veneracion’s report on “24 Oras” on Thursday.

CCTV footage caught the ambulance stopping on the side of the road before its driver shot a man standing nearby. The gunman immediately escaped.

Authorities were able to trace the motor vehicle through its markings and found it was owned by the Ganassi town. It was supposedly driven by suspect Ansary Marohombsar — a former municipal councilor — who has since been at large.

"Allegedly 'yung  suspek is  team leader ng MDRRMO [Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office] ng Gannasi municipality kaya may access talaga siya sa ambulansya,” Marawi city police chief Lieutenant Colonel Gieson Baniaga said.

(The suspect is allegedly the Ganassi MDRRMO team leader so he had access to the ambulance.)

Baniaga identified the victim as Joseph Alindo Saragena but an investigation showed he was not the assailant’s target, but the person beside him.

“There was this initial report na ang nangyaring insidente kahapon ay parang personal grudge. ‘Yun nga kanina sinabi ko na may involving love triangle,” he added.

(There was an initial report the incident was due to a personal grudge. That’s what I mentioned earlier. It was a case of a love triangle.)

Police Major Alvison Mustapha, spokesperson of Lanao del Sur Provincial Police Office, said the suspect could have thought of using an ambulance because the vehicle could not be flagged down.

"Ang ambulansya alam naman natin na hindi pwedeng i-[flag] down eh, hindi pwedeng iharang sa checkpoint... inanticipate niya na magagawa niya sa pagtakas ito ginamit niya," he said.

The ambulance is now under the custody of the police after it was turned over by the municipal government. The suspect allegedly abandoned it after the shooting incident.—Sundy Locus/LDF, GMA Integrated News