AN Anti-mining activist died on Saturday morning, three days after a failed assassination attempt by two unidentified gunmen in a remote village in Pantukan town Compostella Valley, police reports said.
Reports reaching the PNP National Operation Center said that Teresita Navacilla, 60, of Brgy. King King in Pantukan town died at a hospital where she was taken after the failed assassination attempt against her Wednesday night.
Police reports said that Navacilla was shot in the head by a lone gunman with a .45 caliber pistol while tending her store in Brgy. King-King. Another suspect stood as look out.
Navacilla was reportedly a Purok chairperson and convenor of Save Pantukan Movement, aside from being a small scale miner that is heavily involved in the campaign against the impending operations of two large mining companies in Pantukan town.
Human rights group Karapatan Southern Mindanao, in a statement, said that Navacilla’s killing was meant to silence her and her campaign against large scale mining in Compostela Valley.
Elements of t Pantukan Municipal Police Station (MPS) are still conducting an investigation to determine the motive and the identity of the gunman.