MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – A son of Shariff Aguak town mayoralty candidate, Sarip Ampatuan, was shot dead in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The victim, identified as Norton Ampatuan, was shot in the chest outside a karaoke bar in Barangay Kauran around 4 p.m.
The victim is the nephew of former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.
Ampatuan Chief of Police Insp. Zulkarnain Qunakon said the victim was with his friend, Johail Unting, when Ampatuan suddenly rushed outside the karaoke bar.
"Lumabas daw itong si Norton na tumatakbo at sinundan ng suspek, doon na binaril. 'Yung kasamahan niya binaril rin pero sugatan," Qunakon said.
Myrna Rano, the owner of the karaoke bar, said there were no heated arguments between the victims and the suspects prior to the shooting incident.
Rano believes both parties may have grudges against each other.
"Tinulak siya palabas, 'yun na tumakbo siya at nagkahabulan na bago siya binaril. Baka may dating alitan na 'yun sila," she said.
The family of the victim refused to give any comment as of the story's posting.
Police have yet to identify the suspects and their motive for the killing.
Investigations are still ongoing.