Torching of Muslim woman in Ecija decried

August 4, 2021 Jester P. Manalastas 183 views

A House leader condemned the abduction and killing of Muslim woman trader in Nueva Ecija.

Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman wants justice to be served to Nadia Casar, an online seller, who was allegedly kidnapped by members of the police and burned to conceal evidence of the brutal crime.

Hataman also asked PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar for an exhaustive investigation into the kidnapping, killing and burning of the victim, which reportedly involved law enforcement officers.

“It is reprehensible to think that those who are supposed to protect and serve the people are the same ones behind this savagery. Sobra itong nakakagalit at marapat lamang na imbestigahan ito ng PNP at papanagutin ang mga may sala,” Hataman, former governor of the now-defunct ARMM, said.

“Hustisya ang isinisigaw ng mga kaanak at kaibigan ni Nadia Casar, pati na rin ng buong Muslim community sa bansa. Hers was a life cut short because of the greed of people, people who are supposed to protect her in the first place,” he added.

Reports reaching the solon’s office indicate that Casar’s charred remains were recovered in Sitio Pinagpala, Brgy. Imelda Valley, Palayan City in Nueva Ecija. Her money and jewelry were allegedly stolen.

Four of the seven suspects are reportedly now in police custody: police officers Benedict Matias Reyes, June Malillin, Julius Alcantara and Dario Aligan Robarios. The ones still at large are police officers Rowen Martin, Drextemir Esmundo and Franklin Medina Macapagal.

“Madami na tayong reports ng mga kapatid nating Muslim, lalo na yung mga negosyante, na kinikidnap, pinagnanakawan at pinapatay pa. I urge the PNP to investigate the occurrences of crimes perpetrated by wayward members of the police against Muslims. Para matigil na ang ganitong klaseng mga insidente,” Hataman said.

“At sana rin, magkaroon ng malinaw na pulisya ang PNP ng anti-discrimination para sa mga kapatid nating Moro, lalo na yung nabibiktima ng human rights violation at profiling. Handang makipagtulungan ang ating tanggapan kay PNP Chief Gen. Eleazar tungkol dito,” he added.

In September last year, couple Farjana Dugan Coly Saad and Farjan Buat Decampong Saad, both originally from Lanao del Sur, died in a robbery and shooting incident in Pasay City, allegedly perpetrated by “policemen in uniform” according to witness accounts.

Also last year, elements of the Manila police were in an eight-hour standoff with the family and neighbors of Abdullah Palawan Maute and Saadudin Alawiya, also Muslim jewelry traders, in San Andres Bukid in Manila.