DESPITE the recent killings in Negros Occidental, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the province is still peaceful.
"We abhor and we do not tolerate and encourage killings," Marañon said when asked to comment about the killing of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos Jr. in Kabankalan City.
The governor said everyone should pray for peace and unity as he pointed out that killings are happening all over the world and that it is even happening in highly developed countries.
"There must be something wrong. We should pray that the culture of violence should stop," he said.
Also recently, nine farm workers were massacred in Sagay City.
Marañon said the Provincial Government and other law enforcement agencies, including the Commission on Human Rights, have been doing its best to solve the problem.
"We even offer rewards and the Sagay City Government for the immediate resolution of the case," he said.
Meanwhile, Marañon refused to comment on the death of Superintendent Santiago Rapiz in Dipolog, who was killed by the police in a drug bust.
He said: "Per the police report, he was deployed in Zamboanga and was given for renewal. We condole with the family and I would like to emphasize that we do not encourage killings." (TDE)