By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN
ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur--The killing of a village chair in this town on Thursday night by unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen drew widespread condemnation from his friends and avid supporters who expressed their anguish on the Facebook wall of the victim.Police report said Teotemio “Tim” Carampatana Saday, 39, village chair of Cabantao, was declared dead on arrival after he was rushed at San Francisco Doctors’ Hospital. He was shot five times in several parts of his body at close range by the assassins while he was about to disembark from his car in front of his house.
Police is still facing a blank wall as to the motive of the killing. “We are still looking for the real motive of his killing whether it’s political or handiwork of communist rebels,” said Police Senior Inspector Carmelo Malubay, Rosario police chief.
The victim’s brother, Pat Carampatana Saday, has posted on his post and shared to others offering a P100,000 reward to anyone who could provide information as to the identity and whereabouts of the killers.
The killing of Saday came a day after when two young mine workers of Philsaga Mining Corp. were gunned down in Bayugan 3 village by still unknown suspects while the victims were riding on a motorcycle on their way home.
Saday’s bodyguard Kenken Tuyor was also hit but attending doctors declared him already stable condition. The victims were attending a federalism roadshow in Butuan City organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Before he was elected village chair last May, Saday was Luzon Director of Hugpong Federal Movement of the Philippines where his colleagues regarded him as charismatic good leader who is sincere and supportive of their campaign for federalism in the country.
Former National Irrigation Administration chief Peter Laviña said Saday was active supporter using his own resources during President Rodrigo Duterte’s listening tour on federalism all over the country and during the campaign period of the 2016 presidential election.
“So sad we lost a truly good man last night. We condemn the killing of Tim Carampatana Saday,” Laviña said.
“He’s a person I know who walks his talks, compassionate and has deep commitment to bring on what he believes is righteous. A man of principle even if it means sacrificing his time for the family to pursue his advocacy,” said a close friend Jing Ko in her Facebook post.
Another friend posted on Saday’s wall sayong: I didn’t expect your sudden passing. We cry for justice! Kuya Tim is a man of honor, advocate for change, community development and promoter of federalism.
Celso Tizon, national chairman of Hugpong Federal Movement of the Philippines, said Saday is a dedicated supporter of President Duterte that he offered an Toyota Innova sport utility vehicle for the use of the 90-day campaign in the Luzon areas in the 2016 elections.
The One Bulacan for Duterte and Federalism group posted statement on the victim’s wall that condole his family on his death and regarded him as hardworking volunteer on President Duterte’s advocacy. “We respect his strong stand against the evils of the society,” the statement said.
Hours after his death, Saday’s Facebook wall has been flooded with messages of concern and call for justice.
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