BANGSAMORO HENRY VILLAR MASSACRE NORTH COTABATO Mindanao Muslims PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE

POLICE APPEALS VS. ONLINE SPECULATIONS IN NORTH COTABATO MASSACRE

“Don’t add fuel to the fire”

The North Cotabato Police Provincial Office (NCPPO) has appealed against speculations in media over the identity and motive in the bloody roadside killing of nine people in Kabacan town on Saturday, September 29.

Col. Henry Villar, provincial police director, made the appeal to the public to refrain from posting unfounded speculations in social media “so as not to add fuel to the fire.”

Four days after the massacre, police have yet to establish the identity of the perpetrators even as police formed a special investigation unit to look into the killing at a secluded section of Barangay Poblacion.

Several groups have called for speedy investigation as speculations in social media veered towards stoking Muslim/Christian conflict.

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Killed on the spot in the 12:30 p.m. shooting incident along Aringay Road in the Poblacion were Kors Salilangan, Sandigan Zailon, Benladin Dimanalao, Romeo Balatamay, Katindig Kagayawon, Fahad Mandigan, all from this town; Budsal Lipusin of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao; and Musaid Jaiden of Midsayap, North Cotabato.

The ninth victim, Tong Guiman of Barangay Aringay, Kabacan, died hours after he was rushed to a local hospital.

Col. Villar ordered the creation of the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) to resolve the multiple angles shrouding the incident.

The SITG is composed of the Kabacan police, the NCCPO intelligence unit, and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) North Cotabato.

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