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Solon condems slay of mayor, bodyguard
DEPUTY Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman on Monday condemned in the strongest possible terms the killing of Al Barka, Basilan Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid and his bodyguard.
“I strongly condemn the killing of Albarka Mayor Darussalam Lajid early morning today (Monday) at the Baliwasan Seaside, Zamboanga City. The incident also left Akbar Mayor Alih Salih and two security escorts wounded,” Hataman said.
Initial reports said that four suspects shot at the victims and Sali in Barangay Baliwasan Monday morning.
“This violent crime has no place in a society that is deeply anchored on peace and a shared faith. I condemn the people behind the shooting, and I call on the authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of a public official and the wounding of another,” Hataman said.
“Hindi man kami magkasama sa partido, pare-pareho kaming mga Basileño nila Mayor Lajid at Mayor Salih na naghahangad ng mabuti para sa aming lalawigan at mga kababayan. Sa katunayan, matalik ko silang kaibigan at kasama sa Basilan Peace Riders at sa Basilan Practical Shooters Association,” Hataman said.
“We hope that a thorough and independent investigation be conducted into this incident, and we hope for the speedy recovery of those who were wounded in the shooting. And we pray that justice be served on those who are guilty in the crime,” Hataman added.