Samar Prof Shot Dead in Front of Students
January 19, 2007,
January 20, 2007, 1:45 a.m.
Jose Ma. Cui, a history and communication arts professor at the University of Eastern
Philippines (UEP), was shot dead by four bonnet clad and motorcycle
riding men while conducting mid-term examinations for his class inside
the Engineering Bldg. of the UEP in Catbalogan, Northern Samar around
3:35 - 3:45 p.m. today, Jan. 19.
He sustained a gunshot wound on the forehead
and another on the chest. He died on the spot.
Cui was also former secretary general of
the human rights group Katungod-Eastern Visayas, the regional chapter of
the human rights alliance Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of
Peoplesí Rights) and
founding member of the partylist group Bayan Muna
in Northern Samar.
He was also the provincial chair of
Courage (Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of
Government Employees) and
chairperson of the University of Eastern Philippines Employees
Association (UEPEA) at
the time of his death.
In an emailed statement to Bulatlat, Katungod-EV
said Cui's " involvement in human rights issues, employees welfare and
could have made him a target of the "neutralization"
campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its Operational
Plan (Oplan) Batay Laya 2."
Before his death, Katungod-EV said
Cui was a victim of the AFP's smear campaign in 2004. He was charged
with libel by Col. Manuelito Usi, former commanding officer of the 63rd
Infantry Battalion (IB) of the AFP. Katungod-EV also said Cui was listed
No. 2 in the military's Order of Battle (OB).
Cui is the 820th victim of
extra-judicial killing since the time of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
in 2001, Karapatan said.
The slain professor is survived by his wife and three
children. He was 53.
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