A former Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and labor group leader was shot dead in Santiago town in Agusan del Norte province on Tuesday morning by two armed men on board a motorcycle, police said.
Insp. Ralph Avenido, Santiago police chief, said the victim, identified as Linus Cubol, former Kilusang Mayo Uno Caraga chairperson, was tending his furniture shop in Barangay Poblacion 1 when the suspects drove up and fired at him at 9:40 a.m.
The killers then sped off as several workers of the victim in his shop looked on nearby, Avenido said.
Cubol was rushed to a hospital but he died of gunshot wounds.
Avenido said personal grudge and a business rivalry clan were among the angles police were checking as possible motives in the attack.
The human rights group Karapatan in Caraga said Cubol received threats to his life before he was killed on Nov. 27.
The group has claimed that “state agents” were most likely behind the murder of Cubol.
“Military agents continued to threaten and harass him in his hometown. Just a week before he was killed, intelligence agents of the 29th IBPA interrogated him for his continuous participation in labor and multi-sectoral activities,” the group said in statement.
Cubol’s death was just among the growing list of victims of state agents’ abuses, the group added. By CLC