MANILA – The mayor of Impasug-ong town in Bukidnon died in an ambush on Wednesday.
The Bukidnon Public Information Office confirmed that Impasug-ong mayor Mario Okinlay died after a group of armed men fired shots at his group at around 8 a.m.
The Bukidnon PIO said Okinlay was declared dead at 11:45 a.m.
Okinlay had just come from a medical mission in Barangay Bontongon when the ambush occurred.
SFO4 Manolo Casiño, Impasug-ong fire marshal, said Okinlay was accompanied by government doctors and dentists, social workers, firemen, and municipal hall employees when the ambush was carried out.
The military believes members of the New People's Army's Guerilla Front Committee 89 were behind the ambush.
It was not yet clear whether Okinlay was the target of the gunmen. – report from Fred Dellava, dzMM