• Police tracking down killers of Ifugao activist

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    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: A police unit is on the trial of killers of Ifugao activist and Bayan Muna partylist provincial coordinator William Bugatti, the Cordillera police said on Thursday.

    The Cordillera police director, Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez, said the Investigating Task Group is being led by the Ifugao police director, Sr. Supt. Colinio.

    “We will leave no stone unturned to get into the bottom of this [killing],” Nerez said, adding that the killing “has no place in a peaceful and civil society.”

    Bugatti, also a regional member of the Cordillera-based Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) and leader of the Ifugao Peasant Movement, was gunned down on Tuesday night in Kiangan town.

    He was on his way home to his family in Bolog, Kiangan, when gunmen shot him three times.

    Audrey Beltran, CHRA secretary general, said Bugatti had been receiving death threats before he was killed.

    She added that Bugatti was listed as No. 21 on a list of 28 people tagged as brains, members and supporters of the communist New People’s Army.

    Before he was shot dead, the activist had reportedly attended a hearing of the case of political prisoners Rene Boy Abiva and Virgilio Corpuz in Lagawe, Ifugao.

    Nerez, also a lawyer, called on witnesses to cooperate with investigators for the early solution of the crime “so that the perpetrators would face the bar of justice.”

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