8 dead in Lanao del Sur massacre

Posted at 12/08/12 3:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Eight people were killed and 7 others were hurt in a shooting incident in Sitio Kalibuntod, Barangay Mansilano, Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur on Friday.

Five of the victims, who were farmers, were identified as Jovie Lucañas, 22-year-old Terry Pacarat, 28-year-old Jerry Pacarat, 36-year-old Cerelo Pacarat and 30-year-old Joie Pacarat.

Police said the victims were shot and hacked by around 30 unidentified armed men, suspected to be members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

They said the head of Lucañas is still missing.

Authorities suspect that a dispute over a 30-hectare land is the motive for the killings.

Initial reports also said the some of the wounded victims were able to fire back using improvised shotguns, killing 3 of the suspects.

One of the killed suspects was identified as a certain Kumander Abu.

Investigations are still ongoing. -- Report from Joel Ramirez, ABS-CBN News Davao; Lorenzo Luzon, ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro; ANC