GINGOOG CITY-Heavily armed men stopped the vehicle carrying Gingoog City Mayor Ruth Guingona while returning home from an event in Bgy Alagatan at around 10:45pm on Saturday (April 20).
A police official said that the incident happened in Binakalan village here. He said that the city official and her companions were brought to an unknown place against their will.
Initial reports indicated that the gunmen shot and killed her bodyguard and escort. There were no reports whether the lady mayor was also hurt in the incident.
At around 6:45am, Guingona was brought by concerned residents to Gingoog Sanitarium Hospital.
The local police and the military authorities in the area are now conducting investigation to determine the motive and identities of the perpetrators.
It can be recalled that one member of the Army unit based here was hurt in a clash with NPA bandits who were extorting money from the people in the outskirts of the city.