Mindanao

Ex-Sultan Kudarat vice guv killed in ambush

AMBUSH-SLAY. Police officers seal off the black Mitsubishi pickup vehicle of former Sultan Kudarat Vice Governor Rolando Recinto following his ambush by still unidentified gunmen on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 7, 2020) along the highway in Barangay Bilumin, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat. Probers say the victim was on his way home to Lambayong from nearby Tacurong City around 2 p.m. when fired upon by motorcycle-riding assassins. (Photo courtesy of Lambayong MPS)

TACURONG CITY — Unidentified gunmen killed the former vice-governor of Sultan Kudarat province in an ambush along the national highway in Lambayong town Tuesday.

Former Vice Governor Rolando “Rolly” Recinto was driving his Mitsubishi pickup (LDF-237) heading for home in Lambayong town from Tacurong City when fired upon by motorcycle-riding gunmen along the national highway in Barangay Bilumin, police said.

Responding police officers from a nearby police outpost rushed Recinto to a hospital in Tacurong City, but he was declared dead on arrival.

Recinto also once served as mayor of Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat where his son, Francis Eric Recinto, is the vice mayor.

Police and scene of the crime operatives are still at the ambush site conducting post-crime probe as of this posting.

“The Lambayong police has launched a hot pursuit operation against the fleeing attackers,” Lt. Col. Lino Capellan, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office-12, said in a statement following the incident. 

— By Edwin Fernandez |PNA

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