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‘Walang puwang ang karahasan’: Hataman condemns killing of Isabela City village chief

By Billy Begas

House Deputy Minority Leader and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman condemned the killing of the president of the Association of Barangay Captains of Isabela City, Basilan last Sunday, February 25.

“Hustisya ang ating panawagan sa pagpatay kay Kapitan Franklyn Tan. Pag pinalagpas natin ito, lalong lalakas ang loob ng mga nais maghasik ng kasamaan at karahasan sa lalawigan ng Basilan. Hindi takot at pangamba ang sagot natin dito, kundi pagtugis sa may-sala at katarungan!” Hataman said.

Tan, barangay captain of Barangay Seaside in Isabela City, was killed in an ambush in front of Puerta Del Ciudad Hotel in Nunez Extension, Zamboanga City. Two others were injured in the incident.

“Kahit kailan, kahit saan, walang puwang ang karahasan sa isang mapayapa at demoratikong lipunan. Walang justification ang pagkitil ng buhay,” he said.

“Hindi ito dapat nangyayari sa ating mamamayan, opisyal man ng pamahalaan o ordinaryong tao lamang. The brutal murder of Kapitan Franklyn not only robbed his family and community of a beloved leader but also struck a blow to the foundations of peace and order that we strive very hard to uphold in Basilan,” Hataman added.

Hataman said the incident underscored the urgent need for authorities to intensify efforts to ensure the safety and security of every Filipino citizen.

“However, incidents like these only serve to sow fear and instability, hindering progress and prosperity,” the solon added.

Hataman called on authorities to swiftly and thoroughly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators and masterminds to justice.

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