DATU ABDULLAH SANGKI, MAGUINDANAO -- The secretary of Barangay Mao in Datu Abdullah Sangki town, Maguindanao was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen past 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The victim was identified as Ruth Elumba, 46.
Elumba's companion, barangay treasurer Annabelle Burton, was wounded in the incident.
"Nag-aabang lang sila ng sasakyan papunta sana sila sa Cotabato tapos may biglang lumapit sa kanila na mga lalaki na naka-motorsiklo tapos pinagbabaril na sila," Annabelle Bergado, barangay chairman of Mao, said.
Authorities have yet to identify the suspects and the motive behind the shooting.
Town Mayor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu has asked police to investigate if the incidentis connected to the recent barangay elections.
"Sa ngayon hindi pa natin masabi kung ano talaga ang dahilan, kailangan muna nating hintayin ang resulta ng imbestigasyon ng mga pulis," Mangudadatu said.
Further investigation is still ongoing.