Stabbing injures Surigao Mayor’s political analyst

A political analyst of City Mayor Ernesto Matugas was seriously injured in a stabbing incident Monday evening, Nov. 22 in front of his residence at the corner Roxas and Gonzales streets this city, according to Police Station Chief PC/Insp. Charlie Cabradilla.

The victim was identified as Balgamelo Cabiling Ma, 59 years old, married. He is presently recuperating at Surigao Medical Center, this city.

Initial investigation disclosed that at about 5:45pm, the victim was riding his single motorcycle from the city hall going to his residence and upon arrival, an unidentified person approached the victim, then and there, stabbed the latter using an improvised bladed instrument, hitting on the left-side part of the body of the victim.

The suspect again tried to stab the victim, but this time, the suspect was pushed by Pepito Ma, the victim’s son, who at that time was waiting for his father in front of their house. On that instance, the suspect then stabbed the victim’s son but was able to evade it. The suspect then ran while the victim’s son chased the former but ceased to do it when the suspect pulled out an undetermined caliber of firearm. The suspect continued to run heading towards Roxas and Borja Streets.

The victim then rushed to Surigao Medical Center sustaining one stabbed wound on the left-side of his body and lacerated wound on the front part of his belly.

Further investigation revealed that the victim was clueless as to the identity of the suspect, but can still recognize the suspect’s face.

The suspect, as described by Pepito Ma, used his left hand in stabbing his father, about 5’9” in height, thin face, fair complexion, wearing a black bull cap, black jacket and long pants.

Personnel of the Surigao City Police Station are still conducting hot pursuit operation to trace the identity of the suspect for his immediate arrest. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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