Friday, September 5, 2014

Maguindanao town exec acts to contain rash of killings

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 5): Maguindanao town exec acts to contain rash of killings

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao –- Alarmed by the rash of killings in his town, Mayor Genuine Kamaong convened the municipal peace and order council to stop violence in this conflict ridden community, officials said Friday.

“We need to put a stop to this, everybody should cooperate to make our town peaceful,” Kamaong said after the meeting.

Without revealing in details the strategy his town is working on, Kamaong appealed to all residents of Datu Piang locked in misunderstanding not to use violence in settling conflict.

On Monday night, Haron Datuhan, 35, of Barangay Liong, Datu Piang, was shot dead by still unidentified gunmen for still unknown reason. He died on the spot.

Police recovered two empty shells for cal. 45 pistol in the crime scene.

Hours later, on Tuesday morning, unidentified gunman shot dead a 15-year-old Datu Kasim, 2nd year high school student and resident of Barangay Liong.

Kasim who was riding on a pedicab was shot at close range at 11 a.m. Daer Domato, 9, was hit by stray bullets.

Police are still determining whether the twin murders are related.

Kamaong said the municipality is burdened with so many problems and the rash of killings is adding more headaches to its leaders.

Datu Piang has been bracing for atrocities committed by the extremist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and natural calamities that inundated most of its low lying villages.

He told local officials and the people of Datu Piang that dialogue is still the best and most effective way of resolving conflict whether it was borne out of personal grudge, land dispute or simple misunderstanding.

He admitted though that loose firearms abound in Datu Piang and nearby municipalities.

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