Gov Akbar: Project attackers should be unmasked, punished PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:45

Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar has ordered the police to pursue the gunmen who fired on a group of workers implementing a US-funded road concreting project in the province.

A laborer was wounded when the gunmen opened fire last Saturday on the workers undertaking the road concreting project in Barangay Amaloy, Ungkaya Pukan municipality.

Akbar said the attackers should be unmasked and punished since they are hindrance to development.

Akbar said “what the gunmen had done” should not be condoned citing “it’s clear they don’t want development to take place in their area.”

She said the project once completed will redound to increase economic activities in the municipality of Ungkaya Pukan.

Ungkaya Pukan is a five year-old municipality composed of 12 barangays that were formerly part of Tipo-Tipo municipality.

It was created by Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 193, ratified by plebiscite on May 22, 2006.

Akbar called on the populace to assist the authorities to unmask the suspects’ identities by way of providing vital information.

The road concreting project in Ungkaya Pukan is among the several US-funded projects implemented in Basilan province.

Last February 3, Akbar joined U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Leslie Bassett in the inauguration and turn over of two school building projects to the education officials in Basilan.