“Police still on probe on killing of Panabo IP rep-councilor”- Mayor Silvosa

feb 4, 2014

The Davao City police are still investigating on the killing of Panabo City indigenous people (IP) representative Datu Eliezer Mayaki, said Mayor Jose Silvosa, Sr. in an interview Monday.

“Our own police have coordinated with the Davao City police in charge on the investigation on the killing of our IP representative and the latest info we received, they are pursuing on one theory which is still held as confidential,” the city mayor said.

Mayaki was gunned down by one assailant last January 17 evening infront of his house at NHA Village, Maa, Davao City. Mayaki along with his son and wife just arrived on board a red KIA Bongo vehicle from Panabo City.

Davao City’s Talomo police said that the unidentified assailant appeared from behind and shot Mayaki’s back for several times.

His wife and son rushed him to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) but the victim was not able to survive.

There are loose talks in the city that Mayaki was killed by one in his tribe jealous to Mayaki’s status.

Mayor Silvosa and the Panabo City Council have strongly condemned the killing and called for speedy justice to be served to Mayaki, the first IP representative in the city council who sit by virtue of the joint circular on mandatory representation of IP representation of the Dept. of Interior and Local Government and the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP).

IP representatives in provincial, city, municipal and barangay councils in Davao del Norte sit one after another like in cascading dominoes last year, triggered by the joint DILG-NCIP circular as pushed by late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo.

The mayor said it would be first up to the NCIP with the indigenous people in his city who would be Mayaki’s replacement.

Meanwhile, Davao del Norte IP representative Datu Victor Pandian said in separate interview that at press time the tribal chieftains throughout the province are still observing a 40-day mourning from date of death of Datu Mayaki, during which “anyone of them (chieftains and people) are called to be silent on (Mayaki’s) death.”

“After the 40-day silence, we (tribal chieftains) will meet and would issue our statement,” Datu Pandian said. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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