Armed men shot dead a consultant of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu and his daughter in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, on Saturday, police officials said.

Said Salik Sr. died in the attack and his daughter Juhera Tambulangon expired while being treated at the Ala Hospital in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat provincial police director Senior Supt. Danilo Peralta said.

The shooting occurred around 12:30 p.m. while Salik and Tambulangon, both residents of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, were traveling with other family members along the National Highway in Purok Paghidait, Brgy. Impao.

Two men on a motorcycle fired upon Salik’s white Mitsubishi pick-up (MBH-386) then fled towards the direction of Esperanza and neighboring Maguindanao.

Initial field reports recieved by the Central Mindanao regional police indicated that Salik was a former mayor of Datu Unsay, but Peralta said he had no such information.

“Former MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) field commander siya (Salik) at consultant ni Gov. Toto Mangudadatu. Businessman din,” Peralta said.

“We are looking at business angle and family feud or rido as motives since the suspects riding on the motorcycle followed their (Salik family) vehicle from Datu Unsay to Isulan,” the police official added. (John Roson)

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