Duterte: There was animosity between slain mayor, NPA

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he believes there was "animosity" between slain Laak, Compostela Valley Mayor Reynaldo Navarro and the New People's Army (NPA).

"Talagang may alitan na sila. I was really trying hard to just come up with a reconciliation sana but I could feel the animosity in the room," Duterte said in an interview.

He said he would not want to ride on whatever the NPA was accusing Navarro of.

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The NPA tagged the slain mayor as part of the Big 4 Logging Lords, but this was denied by Navarro.

"I could almost touch the animosity brewing around in that room kaya sabi ko, hindi naman I am not surprised, but I am sad na yun na nga ang dinatnan niya. It had to end that way," he said.

Duterte said he was able to meet Navarro during one of the meetings he presided between the government and the sympathizers of the NPA.

"My condolences to the family," he said. (Arianne Casas)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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