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Cagayan gov on NPA killing of town councilor: ‘Plain terrorism’

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba condemned the killing of a town councilor by alleged members of New People’s Army guerrilla.

In a statement of Saturday, December 2, Mamba described the slay of Baggao Sangguniang Bayan member Angelo “Buridek” Luis as “plain and simple terrorism.”

“This killing disguised as an act of patriotism pursuant to communist ideologies is nothing but plain and simple terrorism,” Mamba said.

“We share the grief of the family of SB Buridik, offering them our condolences and prayers for the eternal repose of his soul and for comfort in their bereavement,” Mamba added.

Police reports said around 20 men in camouflage uniform attacked the house of Luis in Barangay Awallan at 7:10 in the morning on Saturday. He was declared dead on the spot.

Governor Mamba asked authorities to conduct a “thorough and speedy” investigations to bring justice in the death of Luis.

He also urged other government officials not to fear the rebels and instead improve their counter-insurgency efforts.

“Our leaders should not cower in fear or be coerced to submit to the whimsical and capricious demands of these insurgent groups,” he said. “This is also an earnest call on the members of the Cagayano community to support the government’s efforts to fight insurgency, especially in our province.” Northernforum.net

 

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