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SAN PEDRO CITY—Eight people died in two separate incidents of suspected “poisoning” after drinking sessions in the cities of Sta. Rosa and Calamba in Laguna province, police said on Thursday.

Samples of “lambanog” (coconut liquor) were submitted to the Food and Drug Ad m i n i s t r a t i o n (FDA) for testing, after the SHAR I F F A G U A K , MAGUINDANAO — A lawyer was shot and killed by a fellow passenger in a van bound for Cotabato City on Wednesday, police said. victims, all male adults, reportedly consumed that particular alcoholic drink before their deaths.

Chief Insp. Jojo Sabeniano, Laguna police spokesperson, said the incidents happened on Wednesday.

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He said the two groups of men did not know each

Reports said lawyer Nasser Laban, 48, a peace advocate and who had been conducting forums about the Bangsamoro Organic Law, was with at least 10 passengers when the van left Tacurong City for Cotabato.

Senior Supt. Madzgani Mukaram, Maguindanao police director, saidwhen the van reached a section of the national highway in Barangay Meta here, one of the passengers asked the driver to pull over so he could alight.

The man, however, shot Laban and escaped on a motorcycle driven by another man.

Laban was hit in the head. He was brought to the hospital, but doctors declared him dead on arrival.

Kaliman Sangkad, 35, the v a n dr i ve r, w a s wounded after he was hit by stray bullets.

He was also taken to the hospital and is still being treated because of the bullet wound to the right side of the chest.

He w a s initially brought to the Integrated Provincial Health Office bin Shariff Aguak, but had to be transferred to a hospital in South Cotabato because of a power interruption.

The incident occurred around 6:40 p.m., along the National Highway in Brgy. Meta, particularly in front of the barangay hall and fire station.

Police in Datu Unsay are still tryong to determine the identity, whereabouts, and motive of the assailant, who quickly fled after the incident. — Inquirer, John Roson

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