As if being shot multiple times was not enough an ordeal, Boholano John Ackain, 20, had to witness Maute Group terrorists gun down ambulance drivers inside a hospital in Marawi City.
Ackain, a resident of Gingsularan, Duero, was shot four times in Marawi City on May 21, two days prior to when the clashes between Maute Group terrorists and government troops erupted in the Lanao Del Sur capital.
The gun attack by an unidentified suspect left Ackain with gunshot wounds in his limbs including his leg, shoulder and hand, and led to his confinement to the Amay Pak-Pak Hospital in Marawi City.
While he was recuperating days after his own shooting, Ackain became one of the witnesses to the killing of several ambulance drivers.
The terrorists arrived at the hospital in Marawi City seeking medical attention for a wounded Maute fighter, said Ackain.
The armed bandits then shot to death the hospital drivers after doctors failed to save their wounded comrade, he added.
According to Ackain, he arrived in Marawi City on May 21 to apply as a welder when a man approached him and appeared to have asked him a question in a language unfamiliar to the victim.
When Ackain replied “wala,” the gunman reportedly shot him using a 9mm pistol without any other apparent provocation.
Following the shooting incident, the suspect fled using the victim’s motorcycle.
Ackain is now confined at the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) in Tagbilaran City where he is getting further treatment for the gunshot wounds he sustained.
He had been transferred from two other hospitals before reaching Bohol.
From the Amay Pak-Pak Hospital, he was transported to a military camp in Marawi City due to the heavy firefights in the area.
Ackain also stayed in Iligan City for a while before he was transferred to the GCGMH.
According to GCGMH personnel, Ackain is still traumatized by his experiences in Marawi City. (A. Doydora)