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Hataman condemns shooting two mayors of Basilan

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Billy Begas

House Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman on Monday condemned the shooting of two mayors of his province.

“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.

According to reports Al Barka municipal Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid and his bodyguard were killed after four men shot them in Barangay Baliwasan in Zamboanga City.

Akbar Mayor Alih Awal Sali and two other escorts were also injured in the shooting.

“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.

Lajid, Sali and Hataman were part of the Basilan Peace Riders and Basilan Practical Shooters Association.

“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,” Hataman said in a statement.

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