Thousands bury slain young barangay captain in Tagum City

sept 10, 2014

Several thousand Tagumenyo mourners turned out on Monday to bury the young barangay captain of Magugpo West- Niño Cutin, who was killed by still unidentified riding-in-tandem assassins the other Saturday.

The body of Cutin was first blessed in funeral mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church in the morning, and in the early afternoon mourners mostly barangay folks poured onto the city streets walking like a protest march with long caravan of vehicles toward Glorious Resurrection Memorial Garden at La Filipina, Tagum City.

Many mourners wore T-shirts emblazoned with words calling for justice to the fallen barangay captain and for a halt of killings in the city.

City Mayor Allan Rellon has earlier put up P1-million reward money to capture the killers of Cutin.

With many others, he wore a black T-shirt with words “Thou shall not kill- Exodus 20”. 

At press time, the city police has yet no suspect to the killing, although the mayor the other Monday bared that as theorized by the police there were at least three motives stemming from the slain’s work as a barangay captain and another one relating a “political aspect”.

Cutin was fatally shot at his head by one bullet, whose shell was identified by the police as from a new type .45 caliber gun, pumped by riding in tandem whose faces were fully covered with helmets when they made the crime that has left the city in anger and in calling for justice for all victims of killings.

The barangay captain was attacked while driving his own motorcycle on the way to his barangay hall to follow up the food preparation for the community service activity featuring free barber cuts for his constituents on that day at Purok Talisay in Magugpo West.

The riding in tandem tailed and shot Cutin at the street of Purok Vipatil in the same barangay.

Cutin was just 32 years old.

Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. , who joined the mass and burial, could not hide his grief and anger in also condemning the crime as “cowardly and dastardly killing made by the killers and their mastermind”  whom he said to “have no mercy and have no right to kill.”

“Where is your conscience? What’s happening to our country now?” Vice Gov. Suaybaguio asked even as he exhorted the people to join hands in putting an end to killings and crimes.

The mayor, city council and the city liga ng barangay have condemned the killing in strongest terms.

A sketchy report heard by this paper said that the killers had holed up for sometime renting space in Magugpo West as though they had really planned and cased on Cutin.

At press time, reports said that the police and other law-enforcement agencies are still on the thick of their investigations and pursuit operations. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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