Election officer in Basilan killed

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Sunday, August 12, 2012


ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police authorities are looking into two possible motives behind the killing of an election official in the island province of Basilan.

Riding-in-tandem gunmen shot and killed Daryl Kinazo, 45, election officer of Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province, around 3 p.m. Saturday in the village of Baluno.

Isabela City police commander Superintendent Allan Nazarro said Sunday the police are looking into work and marital problem as motives behind the death of Kinazo.

The election officer was driving his motorcycle on his way home to Balobo village in Lamitan City coming from Isabela City when the suspects on board a motorcycle got abreast and repeatedly shot him.

He came from the Isabela City gymnasium where he had just supervised a holding of registration for persons with disabilities (PWDs) voters.

Kinazo, who was initially reported to be critically injured, was rushed to the Basilan General Hospital and later transferred to a hospital in Zamboanga City where he was declared dead on arrival.

Nazarro said Kinazo’s gun-slay could be work-related, citing the victim has already applied to be transferred in the town of Sumisip due to pressures in his present assignment brought about by “stiffed political rivalry.”

Nazarro said Kinazo has also served as an election officer in the town of Al-Barka in 2010 elections wherein he proclaimed Mohammad Kabukisan as the elected town mayor despite strong protest from other contending candidates.

The other motive could be marital-related as the victim had been separated from his wife, who is already living with another man, Nazarro said.

Nazarro said thorough investigation on the incident is ongoing to unmask the identities of the suspects. (Sunnex)

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