• Anti-coal activist killed in Bataan

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    MARIVELES, Bataan: Two unidentified men riding a motorcycle gunned down a woman activist involved in the anti-coal mining movement inside her videoke bar in the village of Lucanin in this town on Friday night.

    Efren Capitan, Lucanin village councilor, said his wife Gloria sustained three gunshot wounds from a .45-caliber revolver, two in the neck and one in the arm.

    Capitan said the suspects held his wife by the shoulder and shot her in the neck at blank point.

    The victim was president of the cause-oriented group Kilusang Pambansang Demokratiko (KPD) that fought, among other issues, against coal mining in the country.

    The victim’s eight-year-old grandson, who incurred a scratch in the arm from a stray bullet, told investigators his grandmother was fixing a curtain at their videoke bar when the suspects arrived at around 8 p.m.

    Capati said the gunman wore a crash helmet, while the other one had a towel over his face. He appealed to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for help to get justice for his wife’s death.

    Mariveles police said the investigation was ongoing as to the identity and motives of the killers.

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