Monday, April 30, 2007

Alagad Party List Coordinator Is Killed In South RP

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 28 Apr) – Motorcycle gunmen killed a regional coordinator of the Alagad party list group in an attack in the southern Philippine city of Davao, police said.

Police said three gunmen were involved in the shooting of Josephine Buca just in front of the South Villa Apartelle in the village of Pampanga at dawn Sunday.

Buca was with her husband, Felix, in their mini-van when the gunmen attacked. Police said the husband tried to fight off the attackers, but was whipped with a pistol on the head.

The trio escaped after the shooting. The motive of the attack is still unknown, except that the woman was a coordinator for the Alagad party list. The party list was founded in November 1997. Its current representative to Philippine Congress is Rep. Rodante Marcoleta.

Dozens of people, mostly with police records, had been summarily executed in Davao City by so-called members of a vigilante group called Davao Death Squad , but relatives of those slain accused authorities as behind the extra-judicial killings. (With reports from Juan Magtanggol and Romy Bwaga)

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