Leyte village chief slain, wife injured in ambush
ORMOC CITY — A village chief in Leyte town of Leyte province was killed, while his wife was wounded in an ambush Wednesday by unknown assailants in Kananga town, Leyte.
The fatality was identified as Raul Cosinillo, 56, and chairman of Barangay Mataloto, Leyte.
The initial police investigation showed that Cosinillo and his wife Mercedes were traveling on board a multicab on their way home to Mataloto from Ormoc City for his dialysis treatment.
When they reached Sitio Laray, Barangay Naghalin, two persons on board a motorcycle suddenly overtook Cosinillo’s multi-cab and fired several shots towards them.
Cosinillo, who was driving the multi-cab, suffered several gunshot wounds in his body.
His wife, who was sitting on the passenger’s seat, also suffered gunshot wounds and was immediately rushed by the responding personnel to Clinica Gatchalian in Ormoc City.
Mercedes, 56, was in stable condition on Wednesday evening.
Their 21-year-old old daughter Phanthea, who was seated at the back of the vehicle, was spared.
The police are conducting an investigation to identify the assailants and the motive behind the killing.