LAL-LO, Cagayan – This province’s governor said Cagayanos should not be afraid after the kidnapping and killing of the cousin of the mayoralty candidate of Baggao town recently.
In a recent press conference held at the Sub-Capitol in Bangag, Lal-lo, Governor Manuel Mamba said Cagayanos should unite to have a peaceful Cagayan.
“We should not be afraid. Wag nating hayaan na nilulukuban tayo ng terorismo. Magkaisa tayong labanan ito sa mapayapang Cagayan”, Mamba said.
Baggao mayoralty candidate Arnold Alonzo under the banner of Mamba condemned the killing of his cousin, Jomar Alonzo, which he emphasized that “incident should not be happening in their town”. Jomar Alonzo is the driver of the barker of “Arnold”.
However, Alonzo said that before the abduction, there were already threats to their group, asking for Permission to Compete (PTC) from an unknown armed groups.
For their part, officials of the Cagayan Police Provincial Office (CPPO) and Marines Battalion Landing Team 10 believed that the rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) is the culprit behind the killing.
Cagayan Police provincial director, P/Col. Ignacio Cumigad Jr. said with the incident happened, they will augment the area to provide more security to the populace and as the midterm elections approach.
The mayoralty candidate said he will extend help to the bereaved family of his cousin. Meanwhile, Governor Mamba called on the Church, human rights advocates and other concerned agencies to condemn this killing to show support that they don’t tolerate this kind of act.
“We will not waiver. It is given that during election, threats will intensify and more unexpected things will happen but we will not let them fear us”, Mamba said.
On the other hand, Lt. Col. Fidel Macatangay, commanding officer of Marines Battalion Landing Team 10, said the killing of Jomar Alonzo is considered as an election-related incident. northernforum.net