Malacañang has condemned in the strongest terms the fatal shooting of Vice Mayor Florante Raspado of Jones in Isabela province on Friday.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. stressed that violence has no place in Philippine politics and Filipinos are set to elect their leaders in less than a year from now.
“Siyempre po ayaw po natin ‘yung ano mang banta sa katahimikan at kaayusan ng ating mga komunidad (Of course, we do not like any kind of threats to peace and order in our community),” Coloma told government-run dzRB radio.
“Hindi po natin dapat bigyan ng puwang [ang karahasan]at hindi rin po katanggap-tanggap na dahilan ‘yung pulitika dahil ang pulitika naman po natin ay dapat ding isagawa nang naaayon sa batas (We should give violence a space and politics is not an acceptable reason for violence because politics should be done according to what the law dictates),” he added.
Coloma said as far as the killing of Raspado is concerned, the Philippine National Police should conduct a comprehensive investigation of the incident and bring the killers to justice.
On Friday, Acting Isabela Police director Senior Supt. Amorsolo dela Cruz, said in an interview over dzBB said the two suspected gunmen of the fatal shooting of Raspado were arrested after pursuing police officers caught up with their getaway vehicle – a red Mitsubishi Adventure – along the highway going to Quirino.
Dela Cruz said the suspects who were armed with M16 rifles, jumped out of their van and then engaged the pursuing police officers in a brief gun fight.
Dela Cruz said the suspected gunmen are both retired soldiers.