ABS-CBN News condemns in the strongest terms the attack Saturday on our News team by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Bangolo, Marawi City.
The 3-man News team composed of reporter Ronnie Enderes, cameraman Emilito Balansag, and driver Gary Montecillo was traveling back to Iligan from Ramain, Lanao del Sur where they covered the bombing of a tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.
According to our news team, the gunmen riding in two motorcycles started following them from Marawi City. One assailant fired at the driver's side, hitting the door and narrowly missing Montecillo. Another fired at the passenger's side, the bullet grazing the lower portion of the door.
We are relieved that Ronnie, Emilito, and Gary are safe and unharmed. We are also grateful to the Philippine Army's 103rd Brigade for providing temporary refuge to our News team.
We urge the authorities to investigate this ambush and bring the perpetrators to justice soonest, even as we vow to continue with our duties as journalists.