Sunday, December 5, 2010

Slain vice mayor’s family seeks Aquino’s help

MANILA, Philippines - The family of slain Barira, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Alexander Tomawis has asked President Benigno Aquino III’s help in bringing the killer to justice.

Lawyer Mimbalawag Mangutara, Jr. said: “We already sent a letter to the President asking for a speedy investigation of the case, for the sake of justice.”

The family is asking the government to create a taskforce that will focus on the investigation.

Tomawis was shot to death exactly a week ago by an unidentified gun man inside his apartment in Bajada, Davao City.

A political angle may be behind the death, Mangutara said.

Tomawis’ name was linked to allegations of ballot snatching in the last barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. He had previously denied the allegations.

Mangutara also debunked the accusations that the incident had something to do with the Maguindanao massacre case.

The lawyer denied Tomawis was an adopted son of former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr., one of the suspects in the November 23, 2009 incident. – from a report by Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao

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