Mayor in Duterte’s drug list, driver slain in Cotabato town gun attack
LIBUNGAN, Cotabato province –– The town mayor here and his driver was shot dead by an unidentified gunman at 11 a.m. Monday.
Libungan Mayor Christopher “Amping” Cuan was shot dead near a cockfighting arena in Barangay Cabaruyan, only a few meters from his home, according to Colonel Henry Villar, Cotabato province police director.
The mayor, who was in his cargo pants and shirt, was inspecting a cockfighting arena that was under construction when attacked by the armed men.
He and his driver died on the spot.
Cuan’s name had been on President Duterte’s list of drug suspects in 2016, but he had vehemently denied he was involved in illegal drugs and sought out the help of the then Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Gen. Ronaldo Dela Rosa in Camp Crame to clear his name.
Reports said his name was delisted but on Jan. 8, 2019, he was shot by unidentified gunmen in front of the Libungan town hall but survived.
Cuan also chaired an alliance of Cotabato towns pushing for infrastructure development among its members.
“You have served God and your people well … Rest peacefully in the loving arms of our Lord,” Cotabato Provincial Board Member Rolly Sacdalan said in a statement.
On July 10 last year, Mayor Pablo Matinong of Sto Nino, South Cotabato, was also killed by unidentified gunmen. Matinong, who was also on the President’s drug list, had repeatedly denied he was involved in the illegal drug trade.
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