Militiaman unscathed in gun attack

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By Bong Garci (Sunnex)

A MILITIAMAN listed number seven in the hit list escaped unscathed in a gun attack in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Thursday.

Inspector Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said the incident took place at 9:52 a.m. Wednesday in front of a motor repair shop in the village of Sta. Lucia, Pagadian City.

Samuddin identified the would-be victim as Joseph Pepito, 31, a militiaman moonlighting as a motorcycle mechanic.

Investigation showed that Pepito was repairing motorcycle when the gunmen, armed with a handgun, arrived and opened fire but missed his target, Samuddin said.

Samuddin said the gunmen, after failing to hit his target, fled on foot.

The victim told the investigator that he received an anonymous letter informing him not to be complacent enough because his life is in danger, according to Samuddin.

He said Pepito is also listed as number seven among the list indicated in the letter.

Investigation continues in a bid to unmask the identity of the gunmen.