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Activist in Bohol Province Shot Dead

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Activist in Bohol Province Shot Dead
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:39:53 pm »
Sunday Post: A party-list group has expressed concerned that an activist who was shot last Feb. 22 in Loay town was politically motivated.           

Anakpawis-Bohol manifested its concern in a statement condoling with the family of Albert Comiling who was shot dead Monday in Tangcasan, Loay.           

The statement, signed by Anakpawis Bohol secretary general Jun Estorosas, urged authorities to conduct an impartial investigation to solve Comiling’s killing.           

Estorosas acknowledged that the victim’s family and comrades are looking at more than one angle in the murder.           

At the time of his death, Comiling was facing a case for attempted murder in the shooting of a man over marital complications.           

Anakpawis said Comiling’s family indicated his willingness to surrender after a warrant was issued for his arrest but was in the process of preparing for his bail bond.           

Estorosas said Comiling, a member of the PDP-Laban, was actively involved in various political issues             

The victim was an organizer of a fishermen’s group for an NGO and in fact once handled a radio program for it.           

He was also one of the convenors of the Kahugpungan sa Nagpakabanang Alburanon and Amping Kinaiyahan which opposed the landfill project in neighboring Alburquerque town in alliance with Anakpawis.           

Comiling was also active in the protest movement against the Cha-Cha and the oil exploration off Bohol island.           

Anakpawis-Bohol said it is saddened and concerned with the murder of Comiling over apprehensions that this is a start of another wave of political killings in Bohol .           

The statement noted that Comiling’s death came as the military continues with its campaign to link activists and militants to the underground movement.           

Three days after Comiling’s death, Anakpawis said a council member of Bayan-Bohol received a threat in a text message sent from Comiling’s mobile phone.           

 â€œYou will be the next one if you do not reform,” the message in Cebuano said.   
Tourism, coop dev’t high on top of Jala’s agenda
With his campaign sorties enjoying overwhelming reception, Dr. Elpedio Jala, retired division superintendent, appeared more bullish in his legislative agenda to give premium to the development of education, tourism and  cooperatives in the grassroot level.

It was no surprise then that  the approachable candidate for vice governor was buoyant as he went over  the hustings to promote his bid that he was the right man for the position he was seeking for.

To appraise himself of the tourism sector, he is contemplating to sit down with key players  so that he will be guided accordingly in his desire to give impetus to Bohol top economic driver.

It is not lost to Jala’s observation that indeed tourism is the next best thing in Bohol and cashing in its sustainability  is a must for an aspiring public servant like him.

Another Jala pet concern is cooperative development.

He said as a long time participant of cooperative activities (he is a  member of the board of the  Cooperative Rural Bank of Bohol) he knew how the grassroot movement helped in alleviating the lot of  the people in the rural areas.

Education was another concern saying that he was at his element when this kind of aspect was laid on the table for discussion.

As an educator for 44 years that culminated to his assumption as division superintendent, Jala said his dream was to have a college graduate for every Bohol family.

  For a person whose life was devoted mostly to develop the educational system, the dream of having a professional in every  home may not be tall a order.