Bishop condemns Samar killings

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MANILA, May 25, 2015— A Catholic bishop has condemned spate of killings in Calbayog City, calling on the authorities to resolve the problem.

Calbayog Bishop Isabelo Abarquez said police authorities must work to rid the city and Samar province of “any form of repression”, especially through extrajudicial killings.

Bishop Isabelo Abarquez of Calbayog (Photo: CBCPNews)

“We therefore call on the proper authorities to conduct a thorough and speedy investigation on the series of killings in Calbayog City and bring into the bar of justice the ones responsible,” Abarquez said.

He said that most serious attention must be dedicated to solving crimes victimizing village officials and political leaders since last year.

Last week alone, at least two village chiefs and a councilor were killed in two separate shooting incidents in the city.

In December 2014, a several village officials were murdered in Calbayog and not a single case has been resolved to this day.

Abarquez said the taking of human life, or even inflicting injury and suffering on anyone, whether as an act of aggression or revenge, “can never be justified”.

“The right to life is a gift of everybody and no one has the right to take it. The wheel of justice is the proper venue for resolution of any case,” he added.

The bishop also offered prayers and expressed his condolences to the families of all the victims of “senseless killings.

Samar is considered an election “hot spot” or where violence is expected to occur during polls.

A priest said some politicians in Calbayog and other Samar towns employ goons, especially before elections because they are used to scaring voters and killing leaders of political opponents. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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