Police to investigate shootout involving alleged drug-lord mayor in southern Philippines

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Cotabato City (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday that it created a special unit to look into a shootout in North Cotabato that killed 10 people, including a town mayor with alleged links to the illegal drug trade.

Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of the town of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in the province of Maguindanao and nine others were killed on Oct. 28.

Read: Maguindanao mayor in Duterte drug list, 9 others killed in clash with police

"Special Investigating Task Group Makilala" headed by PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Emmanuel Peralta of North Cotabato will investigate the incident, said PNP Police Regional Office XII spokesman Superintendent Romeo Galgo.

"Magkakaroon po tayo ng special investigation task group Makilala to investigate regarding sa insidenteng 'yan," Galgo told reporters.

"'Di pa natapos yung investigation na isinagawa, ongoing pa yung investigation na isinagawa," he added.

[Translation: We will have a special investigation task group Makilala to investigate that incident. The investigation is not yet done. It is still ongoing.]

Dimaukom and his wife, Anida, were among local officials named in August by President Rodrigo Duterte of involvement in the illegal drug trade.

The wife, who is vice-mayor, took her husband's place on Sunday and demanded justice for him and the nine others who were killed.

Read: Wife of alleged drug lord-mayor in southern Philippines demands justice

Galgo said the task force will also look into claims of the Dimaukom's lawyer that a large amount of money carried by the mayor when the shootout occurred went missing.

Police will also investigate claims that one of their personnel assigned to the mayor has gone missing.

The personnel was assigned to the mayor and was with the mayor when the shootout occurred, the lawyer said.

Galgo said the families of the 10 victims could file a case against the officers involved in the operation.

"Kung mayroon silang allegation na ganun, then they should file yung complaint na 'yun," Galgo said.

[Translation: If they have those allegations, then they should file a complaint.]

Meanwhile, Maguindanao Governor Ismael Mangudadatu appealed to the supporters of the late mayor for calm as to wait for official results of the investigation.