Survives Assassination Attempt
Johann Hein B. Arpon
Jan. 28, 2007,
The Spokesperson of the regional chapter
of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) in Eastern Visayas survived an
assassination attempt yesterday, Jan. 27.
At around 8:15 p.m., Flor "Pong" Acbo,
54, was shot by unidentified assassins right in front of the BAYAN-EV
office in Philippine Homes & Housing Corporation (PHHC) in Tacloban,
city capital of Leyte province. The motorcycle-riding assassins,
however, missed their target and instead hit a bystander on the leg.
In an interview, Acbo told Bulatlat
the incident has failed to douse his conviction. "I condemn the cowardly
attempt on my life. This just shows how effective my work in exposing
anomalies in government as well the abuses being perpetrated by the
military. Instead of being cowed, this would strengthen my conviction to
fight for the rights of the oppressed," he said.
police have yet to complete their investigation.
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