Army, cops hunting down gunmen behind Fegurac family's massacre in Sultan Kudarat

November 13, 2011 2:18 pm 

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, Nov. 13 – The military and the police have launched a province-wide manhunt against a gang of armed men who massacred a family of five in a remote village here Saturday, the Army said today.

Lieutenant Colonel Leopoldo Galon, speaking for the military's Eastern Mindanao Command, said elements of the 46th Infantry Battalion and the Sen. Ninoy Aquino policemen have been scouring the mountains of Ninoy Aquino town despite their desire to watch the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez bout.

All members of Jolie Fegurac family were killed when armed men brandishing assault rifles strafe the victims’ house in what authorities believed was triggered by a long standing land dispute.

Galon said Jolie Fegurac, his wife Josephine and three children, aged 10, seven and 5, were past asleep when the gunmen, led by local bandit leader and gun for hire Kunting Watamama arrived and sprayed the nipa house with automatic rifles at about 3 a.m.

Initial investigation showed that few days before the massacre, Jolie had an altercation with another farmer family in the village of Midtungok, Senator Ninoy Aquino town in Sultan Kudarat.

Soldiers have been sent to search for the attackers.

The town named after former Senator and Philippine hero who gave up life to restore democracy in the country is situation in the mountains of Sultan Kudarat.

A fourth class municipality, Sen. Ninoy Aquino town has a population of more than 30,000 and its residents are into agriculture with upland rice, corn and rubber as its major products. (PNA)

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