MANILA - An Army major, who used to be with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), was shot dead in Pagadian City late Monday.
Major Ibno Kalid Hassan had just gone out to buy food for his sick child confined in a hospital when he was shot dead.
His wife was with him, but was left unscathed.
Lt. Col. Audie Mongao, public affairs officer of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said Hassan was in civilian clothes when the incident happened.
“While at the hospital, his child asked for a chocolate drink so he and his wife went to a nearby store. He was shot at the back while (about to pay) at the counter,” said Mongao.
He said the suspect used a .45 pistol.
Hassan sustained gunshot wounds in his back, chest, and arms.
Hassan, one of hundreds of MNLF rebels integrated into the military and police after the MNLF peace agreement was signed in 1996, was assigned at the Headquarters Service Battalion in Labangan town in Zamboanga del Sur.
Mongao said they have yet to determine the motive behind the killing. The suspect supposedly fled on foot.
“He is a good man. He is a friend of mine. We are not aware of an enemy of his,” Mongao said.