Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros dispatched a press release last July 8, 2019 regarding the killing of Dinagat Provincial Board Member Wenefredo Olofernes. He was shot in the head by unidentified gunmen last July 7, 2019 in Surigao City. Senator Hontiveros gave her condolences to the family of Olofernes and urges authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the crime in order to bring the criminals to justice.
I strongly condemn the killing of Dinagat Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Wenefredo Olofernes at the hands of unidentifiable assailants.
Here is her statement:
“I express my deepest condolences to his family and the people of Dinagat Islands.
That this happened just a month after the conduct of the midterm elections exposes the depths of the culture of killing and impunity in the country.
I call on the authorities to conduct a swift and judicious investigation of this incident and bring the perpetrators of this brutal killing to justice.
The people of Dinagat Islands are in the process of deepening democracy and solidifying progressive governance. This gruesome crime should not intimidate or hinder them from realizing their democratic aspirations.”
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