Marawi folks bothered by ‘election-related’ shooting incident PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 April 2016 12:00

Folks wants the Lanao del Sur provincial police to help prosecute the gunmen behind Monday’s fatal shooting in Marawi City of an aide of a barangay chairman close to Mayor Fahad Salic.

Relatives of victim Alimoden Salic, an aide of Barangay Bangolo chairman Engr. Casan Lazim, told reporters they will file criminal charges against the group of Marawi mayoral candidate Majul Gandamra and his running mate, Anuar Rumurus, in connection with the incident.

Daily Zamboanga Times repeatedly tried, but failed to reach both candidates for comment.

Mayor Salic, now in his third and last term as Marawi City mayor, is candidate for governor of Lanao del Sur. His older brother, Solitario Ali, is aspiring for the mayoral post of Marawi City, which has 96 vote-rich barangays.

Senior members of the Marawi City peace and order council said the Commission on Elections must also look into Monday’s bloody incident, amid a nationwide ban on carrying of guns meant to ensure peaceful elections on May 9.

The Lanao del Sur provincial police, which has jurisdiction over Marawi City, has surprisingly been silent on the incident.

Salic was an aide of Engr. Casan Lazim, chairman of Barangay Bangolo, a vote-rich area in Marawi City.

Lazim is known throughout Marawi City and Lanao del Sur as a staunch supporter of Mayor Salic.

The incident reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding between supporters of Mayor Salic and followers of Gandamra, which barangay leaders tried to settle.

Initial radio reports said gunshots rang amid the dialogue, causing a commotion.

Responding policemen failed to arrest the gun wielding suspects, who reportedly managed to immediately escape from the scene after the shooting frenzy.

Military sources in Marawi City said the supposed resolution by Lazim of the territorial disputes between the feuding political supporters of the two camps went hostile, sparking the shooting incident.