COTABATO CITY — A drive-by shooting in Zamboanga City ended the lives of a Tausug barangay chairman and his brother at a roadside eatery last Sunday afternoon.

Col. Alexander A. Lorenzo, Zamboanga City police director, reported on Monday that two other companions of Jul-Asmad Mawajil Anjawang, a reelectionist in Barangay Pamansaan, Mabuhay town, Zamboanga Sibugay, and his brother, Jamar Mawajil Anjawang, were wounded in the attack.

Major Albin T. Cabayacruz, chief of the city’s Police Precinct 11, told reporters they were validating assertions by the victims’ relatives that the attackers related to the village chief’s rival in the upcoming elections.

Barangay Pamansaan has a mixed population of Muslims and Christians, with some families engaged in deadly clan wars involving Tausug settlers, Mr. Cabayacruz said. In 2021, the vice mayor of Mabuhay, Resituto Calonge, was gunned down just outside of the municipal hall. — John Felix M. Unson