Gov. Akbar extends help to Basilan ambush victims PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 September 2012 14:28

Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar has extended financial assistance to the victims of an ambush staged by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip municipality.

A rubber plantation worker was killed while 35 others were wounded when the suspected bandits ambushed around 11:30 a.m. last Friday at Block 26, Barangay Sapah Bulak, Sumisip, Basilan province.

The victims, who are all rubber tappers of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Integrated Development Cooperative (TARBIDC), were aboard a truck on the way home for lunch when they were ambushed.

Each of the victims received P5,000 financial assistance from Akbar that came from her office’s emergency assistance fund.

Akbar, together with Basilan Archbishop Martin Jumoad, visited the victims who are now being treated at the Zamboanga City Medical Center and at the Infante Hospital and personally handed over the financial assistance to the wounded rubber tappers of the Tumahubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Cooperative (TARBDC).

The concerned lady governor inspired the victims by giving them words of encouragement saying her administration in coordination with the police and military are doing everything to provide them justice they deserve.

After the hospital visitation, the governor conferred with officials of the Philippine Army to discuss security measures to prevent a repeat of the incident that is taking its toll on the TARBDC beneficiaries.

Akbar has condemned the incident and said the perpetrators have no place in a civilize world since they victimized people who are earning a living honestly.  

“Nakakaawa ang mga biktima. Nagtatabraho sila ng marangal pagkatapos naging biktima pa sila kahit walang silang kasalanan,” Akbar said.

Meanwhile, Akbar has called on the military and the police to relentlessly pursue the perpetrators of the ambush.

Bishop Jumoad called on the police and military to protect the victims from armed groups who are out to sow terror on the cooperative’s recipients.

Jumoad said the ambush last Friday was the fourth time this year to have occurred were several rubber tappers have already been killed and injured.

Weeks back, at least six rubber tappers have been shot death while 21 others were rushed to the hospitals for treatment of their wounds.

Both military and police investigators disclosed land conflict was the primary reason of the incidents.

The investigators alleged some disgruntled members of the cooperative are the prime suspects in the attacks.