DSWD employee shot dead in Maguindanao

By Lerio Bompat, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jan 12 2013 11:52 AM | Updated as of Jan 13 2013 06:23 AM

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- A project development officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) was shot dead in Maguindanao Friday afternoon.

Police said 40-year-old Rowena Lu Sangki was killed while her co-worker, identified only as Rahima, was wounded after they were shot by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Datu Odin Sinsuat.

Authorities said the two victims were on their way home from the DSWD-ARMM office in Barangay Semba when two still unidentified suspects fired at them using a .45-caliber pistol.

Sangki was dead on the spot. Rahima, meanwhile, is now recovering at a hospital in Cotabato City.

Authorities have yet to determine the motive behind the shooting incident.