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Gunmen kill barangay chief, wound husband

CAMP HAMAC, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte —A female village chief of Dapitan City was killed while her husband was seriously wounded when their car was fired upon by unidentified men aboard a motorcycle Sunday evening.

A police report received here by Sr. Supt. John E. Enguerra, police provincial director, identified the fatality as Riza S. Gablines, 46, barangay chief of Sicayab Bucanat and her wounded husband as Marlon Gablines, 48.

The report said the couple, who own a market stall at the Dipolog City Central Barangay Market, were onboard their blue Mitsubishi Strada on their way home to Dapitan when they noticed two persons following them.

When the Gablineses reached Purok Kawayan at Barangay Liyang, Dapitan, the two men overtook them and blocked their way. One of the men then fired several times at the couple’s vehicle.

Police said the suspects, who sped towards an unknown direction after shooting, may be hired gunmen.

Marlon, then wounded, drove to the nearby house of the   Barangay Liyang chairman to seek help.

 The    Liyang      official and his neighbors rushed the wounded couple to the Dipolog North Hospital at barangay Turno. Riza, who was hit on the head and neck, was declared dead on arrival. Her husband was  given immediate treatment.

Police are currently eyeing on some possible motives of the incident, including business rivalry.

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