ILIGAN CITY – Members of ABS-CBN News Iligan were ambushed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Bangolo, Marawi City past noon Saturday.
Reporter Ronnie Enderes, cameraman Emilito Balansag and driver Gary Montecillo were all able to escape unharmed.
According to Enderes, gunmen on board two motorcycles were involved in the incident. One of the back riders fired at the driver’s side, hitting the door but missing the driver. Another fired at the passenger’s side but the billet just grazed the lower portion of the vehicle.
The team was traveling back to Iligan City from Ramain, Lanao del Sur where they covered the bombing of a National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) tower in Barangay Linamon.
Enderes added that upon entering Marawi, they already noticed that motorcycle-riding individuals were suspiciously following them, prompting the team to take an alternate route. Upon reaching Bangolo, however, the team already heard two successive gunshots.
The driver managed to rush to Camp Ranao of the Army’s 103rd Brigade where they sought temporary protection.
Marawi Police recovered from the crime scene two empty shells of .45 caliber pistol. Police said another tandem on board a third motorcycle was involved in the incident, based on the testimony of witnesses.
Police are still investigating which lawless elements were involved in the incident.