Another COURAGE Member in Samar
JOHANN HEIN B. ARPON
Jan. 30, 2007,
Just when the necrological mass for Jose
Maria Cui, former COURAGE chairperson of Northern Samar was being held
at UEP chapel in Catarman, Northern Samar last January 29, another
member of the federation of unions of government employees was gunned
down in the busy streets of Catbalogan, Samar.
The latest victim was identified as
Dominador L. De Luna, 51 years old, husband of incumbent Board Member
Concepcion de Luna of the Province of Samar.
He was, at the time of the killing, an employee of the National Food
Authority (NFA). Both of them have reportedly been included in the
Order of Battle
of the Armed forces of the Philippines.
De Luna was shot at Primera st., Pier
Uno, Catbalogan while guiding a truck that was loading rice. The
gunman, who was wearing a baseball cap, shot him at the nape. The
bullet exited at the right side of his face.
Dominador and Concepcion were subjected
to a sustained smear and vilification campaign by the military when
retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan was still commanding officer of
military troops in the region. The couple, active members of Bayan Muna,
was accused by the military of being members and/or supporters of the
New People’s Army (NPA). Concepcion related that she received a letter
last August, 2003 warning her that she would be killed. The letter,
with a return address in Pasay City, Metro Manila, was signed by
an anti-communist movement which called itself the National Federation
Philippine Life Progressive Association. This, she said, clearly
indicates that they were targets for liquidation by the military and
Witnesses said that days before the
incident there were unidentified men shadowing the De Luna house. Their
neighbors even warned Dominador to refrain from going out.
There is still no official statement
from the police. Bulatlat
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