Ex-village chair, son slain in NoCot ambush

A former village chairperson who was known for his Bangsamoro peace-building activities was killed with his son following a Sunday evening ambush here, police said Monday. Lt. Col. Arniel Melocotones, town police chief, identified the victims as Anwar Ebrahim Salem, 52, and his son, Anwar Salem Jr., 21, both of Barangay Arakan. Melocotones said unidentified gunmen waylaid the victims who were on a motorbike at about 6 p.m. ‘The father was killed on the spot while the son expired while undergoing medication in the hospital,’ he said. The elder Salem is a member of the Bangsamoro Council of Elders, a civic organization that helps settle local disputes and ‘rido’ (family feud) involving Moro families in Matalam. Salem Sr. used to be the village chair of Barangay Arakan and served as president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC). Melocotenes said the victims were going home when ambushed in Sitio Lambayao, Barangay Kibia. ‘It could be a personal grudge,’ Melocotones said in a radio interview. Melocotones also said the ambush may not be related to the upcoming village polls since the latter has publicly declared not running for any political position.

Source: Philippines News Agency