December 2, 2022

A GOVERNMENT nurse working in a district hospital in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao was shot dead before dawn Thursday by a patient’s father inside the health facility.

Maj. Reggie Abellera, spokesman of the Maguindanao police, identified the victim as Nelson Mantawil, a resident of Dalican village in the said town.

Abellera also said nearby pedestrian Nerrisa Mantawil was hit by a stray bullet, but her injuries are nonlife-threatening. It remains unclear if she is related to the nurse.

Abellera said the suspect, Butch Manalao, also of Dalican village, has a child confined at the Dinaig District Hospital.

Abellera said that based on a police report, Manalao was looking for the physician on duty before the shooting took place at about 2 a.m.

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Since no physician was around, Mantawil talked to Manalao and a heated argument ensued.

“It appeared there was an argument and the suspect pulled his pistol and shot Mantawil four times,” Abellera said.

“Mantawil was transferred to a hospital in Cotabato City, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

Abellera stated the hospital’s security guard was taken for questioning.

He said an amicable settlement is in progress between the victim’s family and that of the suspect, who remains at large.