Vice President Jejomar Binay and a group of workers condemned the killing of Loreto town, Agusan del Sur Mayor Dario Otaza and his son on Tuesday in Butuan City.
“The murder of Mayor Dario Otaza and his son, Daryl, is an atrocious act that must be brought to justice immediately,” Binay said in a statement.
“Whether this brutal killing is election-related or a continuation of the oppression against Lumads, this culture of impunity must end,” he added.
In a separate statement, Federation of Free Workers (FFW) President Sonny Matula told The Manila Times that the FFW is strongly urging authorities to speed up the investigation so the killers would face the punishment imposed in a civilized society.
“Whoever the perpetrators, they are barbarians and should be held responsible for these reprehensible acts. These are clear violations of human rights, whatever reason or however noble is the intention of the perpetrators,” he added.
Otaza, a first term mayor of Loreto town in Agusan del Sur, and his son Daryl were abducted by armed men who disguised themselves as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation on Monday evening.
The bodies of the victims were found in Purok 2, Barangay Bitan-ag, Butuan City hogtied and bore multiple gunshot wounds.
Matula said FFW was surprised with the abduction and killing Otaza and his 27-year-old son because the mayor was “an effective town executive who accomplished infra projects more than double his predecessor. He made [a]difference on the lives of the farmers by giving them access to financial loans and mechanizing their farms to increase agricultural yields.”
Vice President Binay, meanwhile, extended his prayers to the Otaza family as he also called on political candidates to work for a peaceful elections.
“I call on the authorities to act swiftly and decisively. I also call on all those running for elective posts in next year’s elections to abide by the rule of law. Let us work together to have clean, honest, and peaceful elections,” he said.