As to Matinong’s inclusion in the “narco-list” in 2017, he said the mayor had requested a re-evaluation from an inter-agency body handling the matter and the status remains pending. Matinong, who ran under the province’s Nationalist People’s Coalition-PDP-Laban slate in the May 2019 elections, had denied his involvement in illegal drug activities and repeatedly sought to clear his name with concerned agencies.
Pablo Matinong Jr
  • Alias: Abog
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 55
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Occupation: Mayor
Incident Details
  • Killed by unknown assailants in public
  • Date of Incident: July 10, 2020
  • Time of Incident: 8:00 am
  • Location of Incident: Sto. Nino, South Cotabato

Riding-in-tandem gunmen shot dead Sto Niño, South Cotabato Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr as he inspected a project site on Friday morning, July 10.

Sto Niño police said in a report that the 55-year-old Matinong was walking alone as he checked a road concreting project in his twn when two motorcycle-riding men in face masks appeared and shot the mayor twice in the head.

Police said the suspects moved away but then returned to shoot the victim again, then fled the scene. A female bystander was hit on her left shoulder.



The victims were rushed to Dr Luntao Clinic and Hospital in Sto Niño but Matinong was declared dead on arrival. The 42-year-old bystander is undergoing medical treatment, said police.