THE most overused cliché of the investigators is “job-related” when there is no smoking gun that could lead them in tracking down the criminals.
Davao police admitted they are still facing a blank wall on the motive, perpetrators, and the masterminds in the spate of patterned shooting incidents.
Thanks to the cliché. But what are the victims’ jobs?
Well, here is a short narrative according to the inputs from the media.
On May 25, 2021, Roderico “Tata” Llubit, chairman of barangay 9-A was shot dead while feeding his pets in his front yard.
Llubit was a university graduate in political science who was an upswing from being a barangay tanod in 2006, to becoming a kagawad in 2010, and elected as barangay chairman in 2013.
In his second term as chairman, changes were evident in his jurisdiction from road concreting, basketball courts improvement, barangay hall nose-lifting, establishing Islamic daycare center, illegal drugs crackdown, and peace and order restoration. Those projects were funded through the initiatives of then-congressman Karlo Nograles and Representative Koko Nograles.
Another “job-related” front yard shooting was on July 14, 2021 inside a gated high-end subdivision in Talomo District.
The victims Atty. Sitti Gilda Mahinay and her husband, Muhaimen Mohammad Sapie were regular hosts of the online program “Justice Redeemer” -- a free legal advice on air that can be viewed worldwide via Facebook and YouTube; and aired on a local radio station.
The most striking segment of their 2-hour program is the opinions on political issues where the lady lawyer was dynamic with her slogan “Mobarug para sa kabag-ohan.”
In guileful defense against cunning issues, she was quoted saying “Wala ko nag-abogada para maghimog illegal. Nag abogada ko para matabangan ang katawhan nga gusto mokab-ot og hustisya o katarungan.” Her aficionados had been pushing her since 2018 to aim for a city seat.
Well, the spouses were not novices in politics. In fact, the husband Sapie was a former town mayor of Panamao, Sulu, and a nominee representative of the OFW Redeemer party-list.
Common denominators -- both have pro-poor advocacies; both were promising leaders who could garner substantial vote from the Muslim community; both were daringly killed at their respective front yards; and both killings may have been “job-related.”