Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp condemned the killing of youth leader Emman Coronado Pena as well as the ambush of Calauan, Laguna Mayor Buenafrido Berris, describing it as a “cowardly and dastardly act meant to intimidate the political opposition.”
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) lamented that the campaign is full of violence and senseless killings.
“These unfortunate incidences of political violence has claimed the lives of people who despise violence. The atmosphere of carnage has become extremely callous and cruel. Calauan just lost a great future leader with the death of Emman Pena,” UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan said in a statement issued on Monday.
Pena, a youth leader of UNA, was running for councilor in Calauan.
He was killed while Berris was wounded in an ambush late Sunday afternoon.
“Ang maruming laro ng politika ay muling kumitil ng buhay sa tahimik na bayan ng Calauan. Isang patraydor na hakbang ng mga taong hindi kayang matanggap ang pagkatalo kaya dinadaan ang kanilang mensahe sa bala imbes na boto [The dirty game of politics again took a life in the quiet town of Calauan. It is a treacherous act by people who cannot accept loss so they convey their message through bullets instead of votes],” Ilagan said.
UNA said that Binay was saddened with the spate of violence on its members and supporters.
Pena, it noted, is the fourth UNA member killed since the campaign started in February.
The 25-year-old Pena graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2011 and was a public school teacher.
He was shot in the head while Berris was shot in the chest during the ambush.
Aside from Pena, the driver who was with them also died.