Thursday, December 13, 2018

NoCot peace advocate gunned down

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 13): NoCot peace advocate gunned down

GONE. North Cotabato peace advocate Ahmad Kumayog, 43. (Photo courtesy of UNYPAD)

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato -- A peace advocate working for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in North Cotabato province was shot dead along the national highway here on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The victim, 43-year old Ahmad Kumayog, treasurer of Barangay Mudsing, was driving his motorbike and was heading home at past 1 p.m. when he was attacked, according to Supt. Joan Maganto, Midsayap town police chief.

The BOL is the enabling law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed for the creation of the new Bangsamoro political entity in Mindanao.

Maganto said Kumayo was the chairman of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) and a member of the North Cotabato Composite Team of Civil Society Organizations (NCCT-CSO).

“While cruising the national highway in Barangay Glad, one of two armed men on a separate motorbike opened fire on him using a .45-caliber pistol,” Maganto, quoting witnesses, said.

Motorists rushed Kumayog to a hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

“We call upon the police authorities and even the Philippine military to conduct a thorough investigation on the killing of Kumayog in the interest of justice,” said Taher Solaiman, NCCT-CSO chairman.

The victim’s relatives said Kumayog has no known enemy and a very active peace advocate prior to his death.

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