2 peace advocates shot-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
TWO peace advocates, one of whom is also a school official, were wounded in a gun attack in Zamboanga City, the police reported Tuesday.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Management (CIDM) Chief Inspector Felixberto Martinez said the incident occurred around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in the village of Baliwasan.
Martinez identified the victims as lawyer Paulino Ersando, the president of Zion Evangelical School, and Evangelical minister Pastor Pablo Palis.
The victims are both members of the Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), a Catholic organization that aims to promote peace by strengthening good relations among Christians and Muslims.
Initial investigation showed that the victims were onboard a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) driven by Ersando when a lone gunman shot them upon arriving Baliwasan village where they were supposed to attend a burial.
Martinez said the gunman, who was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, mask and gray long sleeves, fled after the incident.
“We are gathering more information that could lead to the resolution of the incident,” he said adding that investigation continues. (Bong Garcia)