A governance watchdog and think-tank on Monday said using the recent death of Calbayog Mayor Ronald Aquino to push anyone’s political agenda muddles the quest for justice.
In a statement, Pinoy Aksyon for Governance and the Environment (Pinoy Aksyon) said officials of the province of Samar should focus on resolving the ambush/shootout that resulted in the death of Mayor Aquino and his two aides, allegedly in the hands of members of the police force last March 8.
“It does not contribute to solving the problem ‘parading’ the body of the slain mayor in Catbalogan City, some 60 kilometers away,” said BenCy Ellorin, chairperson of the governance watchdog, saying further that they wonder why the funeral route of the slain mayor Calbayog mayor passed through Catbalogan City before being laid to rest at the Calbayog Memorial Park.
Calbayog belongs to the 1st congressional district of Samar while Catbalogan is in the 2nd district.
Many residents of Catbalogan took to social media their displeasure and pointed at 1st district congressman Edgar Mary Sarmiento as behind the political circus.
Sarmiento claims close ties to the slain Calbayog mayor.
“Bad taste to say the least and we understand the feelings of Catbaloganons of being dragged into the tragic violence,” Ellorin said.
“Politics has its time and place, adding what is primordial now is giving justice to the slain mayor and the people of Calbayog who voted him into power. And muddling the issue, we believe, does not serve the ends of justice,” he added.