Akbars observe Wahab’s fourth death anniversary: ‘We’ll stay united’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:17

“It’s painful to lose the father of our children, a husband and the leader of the people of Basilan.”

Thus said Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn S.  Akbar during a press conference on the commemoration of the 4th death anniversary of the late Rep. Wahab Akbar who was
killed in a bomb explosion at the premises of the House of Representatives last November 13, 2007.

Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar told newsmen that four years have already passed, but no justice yet has been served to the death of  the late congressman.

Gov. Akbar lamented why the government can not arrest the perpetrators of the assassination.

Former mayor of Lantawan Tahira Ismael, a niece of the the slain Rep. Akbar,  appealed to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to conduct a new investigation on the case because the government has the complete machinery to solve the assassination.

Ismael is puzzled why the government can not give justice to the late Rep. Akbar.

“Is it because we are all female and no power to fight for justice?” she asked.

Mayor Akbar nevertheless expressed optimism that sooner or later justice will be given to the late Rep. Akbar.

“ We will continue praying  and do what the late Rep. Akbar wants us to do for the progress and development of Basilan,” said the mayor.

She recalled that the late Rep. Akbar has many good dreams for Basilan.

“He helped people plant rubber trees for their future. If he is still alive,  Basilan  will be peaceful and progressive. He wanted to become  a senator and change his name into Muslim Akbar so that Muslims have a representative in Senate,” Mayor Akbar said.

“I will continue to give support to all Akbar kin, especially to Gov. Jum Akbar as our matriarch. We will stay united and solid for the good of the people,” Akbar stressed.

During the commemoration of the 4th Death anniversary of the late congressman,  Gov. Jum Akbar and Mayor Cherrylyn Akbar distributed to farmers polly bags to produce rubber tree seedlings.

The late congressman started planting rubber trees in 2004 and they are producing rubber extract.

The late Akbar wants Basilan to become the number one producer of rubber extract in the country. — Allen Abastillas