Comelec Union slams attempted killing of poll officer-A A +A
Sunday, August 25, 2013
THE Commission on Elections Employees Union (Comelec-EU) condemned on Sunday the attempted assassination of Gapan, Nueva Ecija acting Election Officer Atty. Arsenio Reyes Jr. by motorcycle riding gunmen in San Leonardo, in the same province Friday.
“The Comelec-EU strongly condemns the attempted killing of Election Officer Reyes in Nueva Ecija,” said Comelec-EU National President Mac Ramirez.
He added, “We call on the authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators of this cowardly act to justice.”
Ramirez said this latest incident of violence against poll body officials and employees should prompt the Comelec leadership to institute additional measures to safeguard the lives of its employees.
“We reiterate that the dangers faced by Comelec employees in the frontlines are real. We maintain thus that our long standing call for wage increase and the grant of hazard pay are justified,” he said.
Reyes was driving his vehicle last August 23, 2013, when two men on board a motorcycle appeared from behind and fired several shots at him.
He sustained two gunshot wounds in the body but managed to survive the ordeal. Reyes previously served the National Police Commission and was reassigned to Comelec Nueva Ecija in January 2013. (FP/Sunnex)