Thousands salute former Barira official

Subscribe Now November 29, 2010 at 10:51pm

Thousands of people from the civilian and even military sectors mourned the death Sunday in Davao City of Barira (Maguindanao) Vice Mayor Alexander Tomawis in the hands of assassins described by police as teenagers.

Words of sympathy and condolence poured in as hundreds of relatives and friends trooped to Barira town for the burial of Tomawis late Sunday afternoon, several hours after he was slain at his resthouse in Buhangin District in Davao City. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) across the globe conveyed their messages through the Internet and mobile phones, calling for justice and praying for the eternal repose of their brother’s soul.

“I hope justice be served," said Kidapawan City-based APO member Shirley Uy said.

Tammy Solaiman, an APO alumnus from the Mindanao State University in Marawi City where the Tomawis couple were initiated members, described the vice mayor’s death as “big loss” to their organization’s perennial campaign for friendship, leadership, and service.

Just few hours after the killing, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo, who is also an APO active member, formed a task force to look into the incident with dispatch in order to “prevent further escalation” of violence.

APO collegiate members here were hoping that their “big brothers” in the government like Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay and retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Jesus Versosa would assist in the probe of the Tomawis assassination by two teenagers, who were able to shoot the victim in the head repeatedly despite the presence of his detail escorts at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday.


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