House probe on slay of Muslim trader pressed

August 5, 2021 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 1096 views

ANAK Mindanao (AMIN) party-list called a congressional Inquiry over brutal killing and burning of Muslim trader in Nueva Ecija.

The party-list group is set to file a resolution in aid of legislation in the House of Representatives after getting extremely alarmed over the recent kidnapping and murder of Muslim trader Nadia Casar in Nueva Ecija by alleged members of the Nueva Ecija police force.

According to initial investigation, Casar and driver of transport network vehicle service (TNVS) that the former hired were kidnapped by at least five men early afternoon of July 20 in Barangay Tagpos, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija.

It was said that after the TNVS driver was robbed of his cellular phone and cash, he was released by the kidnappers at around 3 in the morning on July 21.

On August 1, the charred and decimated remains of Casar were discovered in Sitio Pinagpala, Barangay Imelda Valley, Palayan City, where her body parts were sacked and buried by the suspects.

“We strongly condemn the brutal and monstrous killing of Casar. We condemn such utter disregard for life! Matapos nilang dukutin at paslangin ay pinagputol-putol at sinunog pa nila ang bangkay ng aming kababayang Moro. We demand that these murderers be brought before justice and pay dearly for their crimes,” exclaimed AMIN Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan.

While the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on August 3 ordered the immediate dismissal from the service of five policemen allegedly involved in the kidnapping and murder of Casar, Sangcopan said that the ultimate justice must not just end in the dismissal of the murderers but also filing of charges in court.

“We appreciate the swift action of Gen. Eleazar for looking into the case and the filing of dismissal of the five involved cops, but we also want to be assured, as well as the public, Muslims or not, that this will not happen again, especially when it involves PNP uniformed men,” said Sangcopan.

In a statement, Eleazar identified the police officers allegedly responsible for the abduction and killing of Casar as Staff Sgt. Benedict Matias Reyes, assigned at the Sta. Rosa Municipal Police Station in Nueva Ecija; Staff Sgt. June Malillin, of the Palayan City Police Station; Cpl. Julius Alcantara, of the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office Drug Enforcement Unit; Master Sgt. Rowen Martin, assigned at the Cabanatuan City Police Station; and Staff Sgt. Drextemir Esmundo, assigned at the Cabiao Municipal Police Station.

Apart from the five policemen, two other alleged civilian cohorts were identified as Franklin Macapagal and Dario Robarios.

Three of the five police suspects still remain at large.

Casar was a jewelry seller who turned to selling her merchandize online to support her ailing parents.

Her family and relatives are crying out for justice, and even appealed to President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte for help.

Meanwhile, Muslim communities from different parts of the country are also enraged with the fate of Casar.

“Nararamdaman namin ang galit at dalumhati ng aming kapwa-Muslim sa sinapit ng aming kapatid na tahimik lamang na nagtatrabaho para maitaguyod ang kanyang pamilya. No one deserve such atrocity, particularly from the hands of those who were supposed to serve and protect us,” said Sangcopan.

Earlier, Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman, also a fellow Muslim, expressed outrage on the incident.