Zambo village leader gunned down

by Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Oct 31 2011 10:16 PM | Updated as of Nov 01 2011 06:16 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A village councilor in Zamboanga City was gunned down while his wife was seriously injured after they were shot by unidentified assailants Sunday evening along Maria Clara Lobregat National Highway in Barangay Victoria.

Manicahan kagawad Abdulajid Bahasuan, 50, and wife Myrna, 49, came from a market in Barangay Sangali when were chased by the gunmen on board a motorcycle, police said.

One of the suspects shot them thrice and the victims, who were also riding a motorcycle, crashed.

Residents said they did not see the assailants because it was dark.

Bahasuan was killed on the spot, while his wife was rushed to a hospital.

The women remains in critical condition, authorities said.

Village chief Errol Natividad urged police to immediately capture the perpetrators.

Police believe that the killing is either connected with the victim's work or because of a personal grudge