A PASSENGER van was burned, while its six passengers were left unharmed in a remote village in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Monday, August 10.
Police Captain Edwin Duco, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said the incident happened around 10:15 a.m. Sunday in Purok 4 in Tinuguangan village, Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur.
Duco said the passenger van was traveling to Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur, coming from the town of Pitogo of the same province, when two unidentified persons stopped the vehicle and pretended to be passengers.
One of the two persons, armed with a handgun, proceeded and opened the door at the driver's seat and turned off the engine, and then took the ignition key.
He said the gunmen ordered all the six people aboard to disembark and walk away as they set ablaze the passenger van.
The six people aboard the vehicles were identified as Eulito Macas Requizo, 47, driver; Alejandro Pasang Lacida, 21, conductor; and the four passengers Evelyn Villa Carlos Padayao, 43; Crislyn Tagala Andrada, 29; Anna Marijell Adajar Ragusta, 21; and Chrisjohn Saniagan Casocot, 24.
Duco said the gunmen fled toward Dinas town in Zamboanga del Sur. The passengers were left unharmed.
Investigation is underway to identify and arrest the two gunmen. (SunStar Zamboanga)