MANILA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) – A Maguindanao mayor on the drug list of President Rodrigo Duterte and 9 others were killed in an alleged shootout with state operatives early morning Friday, October 28, in Makilala, North Cotabato, police reports said.
The reports said Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao and his convoy were flagged down at a checkpoint in Barangay Bulatukan, Makilala, North Cotabato at 4:30 am Friday “based on information that the group will transport illegal drugs to Maguindanao and Cotabato area.”
At 8:20 am, Makilala chief of police Elias Colonia said Dimaukom was part of the convoy, but he was not sure if the mayor was one of the casualties.
At 8:58 am, got confirmation from Major Jovit Culaway, head of Mindanao’s anti-illegal drug unit, that Dimaukom was killed. He was 53.
Dimaukom was in the lead car, a Grandia, Culaway said. When stopped at the checkpoint, the mayor’s car slowed down before his security opened the door and started firing their guns, he added.
Dimaukom’s group was outnumbered. At least 30 police operatives backed up the checkpoint and shot it out with convoy, according to Culaway.