MISAMIS ORIENTAL -- The New People's Army (NPA) took responsibility for the killing of Sangguniang Bayan member Cecilio Abujan last Thursday in Barangay Bagocboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental.
According to Allan Juanito, spokesman of the North Central Mindanao Region of the NPA, Abujan was a warlord who threatened farmers and stole carabaos.
The councilor was also allegedly involved in illegal logging, and received money from mining operators.
Juanito added that they immediately released a statement so as not to implicate civilians who might be tagged in the crime.
Abujan was on board his motorcycle and was traversing Barangay Bagokbok when he was gunned down.
Authorities recovered 10 empty bullets from the scene of the crime. -- report from Trini Velasco, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao