Cotabato City PESO chief, husband die in Maguindanao ambush

COTABATO CITY, Nov. 1 (PNA) — Police have launched a manhunt against unidentified gunmen who ambushed and killed a former Cotabato City government employee and his wife Saturday evening in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

According to Chief Insp. Lendsy Sinsuat, Datu Odin Sinsuat town police chief, the victims were on board a Toyota Avanza on their way home when the gunmen carried out the ambush in Barangay Sema at 6:15 p.m.

Killed on the spot were George Busque, retired city government Human Resource and Management Office (HRMO) chief, and his wife, Marilou, current head of the Cotabato City government Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

Police said the ambush occurred near a gasoline station in front of the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) housing project, where the victims reside.

Police remained clueless as to the motive and identities of the attackers.

It was the second ambush incident in Datu Odin Sinsuat town in a week.

Last Monday, Oct. 26, an ambush in Barangay Dulangan of the same town left five persons dead. Noel Y. Punzalan and Edwin O. Fernandez/PNA