From ABS-CBN (Mar 8): Another village chief shot in Agusan del Sur town
AGUSAN DEL SUR -- Another barangay chairman in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur was involved in a shooting incident Friday.
Barangay Azpetia Chairman Ricky Antallan was waiting for a ride when he was shot by two unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen past 6 p.m. in Purok 10, Barangay Poblacion in Prosperidad.
He was able to run and cry for help but the gunmen followed and continued shooting him.
A 17-year-old vendor was also injured in the incident.
Both victims were rushed to the hospital. Antallan was later transferred to Tagum Regional Hospital in in Davao del Norte. He is now in critical condition.
Investigation on the incident is ongoing.
This is the second shooting incident in Prosperidad this week. On March 5, Barangay Santa Maria Chairman Gilbert Perez was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen, also in Barangay Poblacion.
In a recent peace forum organized by the academe and peace advocate groups held at Makati, former AFP chiefs Rodolfo Biazon and Emmanuel Bautista appealed for a peaceful resolution to Mindanao problem.
On the other hand, in an interview by Rappler, Gregorio Catapang, the current AFP Chief said, “It’s easy to call for war. I hope they’ll be the first ones willing to be called to active duty.
“I hope they’re the first ones to volunteer to be in the front lines. I don’t think they even know what kind of war they’re talking about,” Catapang added in the said interview.
Following the Mamasapano incident last January 25 where 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos perished in an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) forces, there were increasing number of people calling for all-out-war against the MILF.
Opinions demanding for military action against the Moro rebels have been surfacing in social media, television, print and radio.
The MILF forces were blamed for the death of the SAF members who executed a mission to serve warrant of arrest to Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan,” wanted for his commission of terroristic acts.
Bashers also call the national legislators to junk the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) whose deliberation was suspended by Upper and Lower Chambers to give way to investigation on Mamasapano encounter.
The draft BBL, crafted by members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, is the fruit of 17 years peace negotiation between the Philippine Government and the MILF.
The proposed charter is deemed to help address the decades of conflict involving the Moro secessionist groups in Southern Philippines.