Samar governor dismayed by new Calbayog killing incident

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Nov. 16 (PNA) — Governor Sharee Ann Tan has expressed dismay over recent killing of their political supporter in Calbayog City even after the signing of peace pact.

Gov. Tan said the death of Ryan Cui, who was shot to death by unknown gunmen in Calbayog on Nov. 7, is a big loss to them especially that the victim is a close friend of Calbayog Councilor Raymund Uy.

Uy, an ally of Tan’s family, is running as district representative in the 2016 elections under the Nationalist People’s Coalition. Tan noted that some victims of recent killings are close allies of Uy.

The governor asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a thorough investigation on the case.

“I am calling not just the authorities, but the people as well as the cooperation of everyone, to remind them not to resort to violence and to respect the dignity of life,” Tan said.

Tan expressed her disappointment with the situation because it’s only been few weeks that politicians in the province signed a peace covenant to stop violence.

“When I heard that report, the question that immediately came into my mind was, what’s the use of signing the covenant if such violence continues to happen?” Tan said.

The official also asked the PNP to jail those with standing warrant of arrest as well as chase members of the private armed group and their handlers. (PNA)