Makabayan here in Bicol region condemns the killing of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe, together with his police bodyguard SPO1 Orlando S. Diaz, and the wounded senior citizens while at a gift gift-giving activity for senior citizens and persons with disability on Saturday afternoon.

Rodel Masigan Batocabe, 52 years old, an aspiring candidate for Mayoralty of Daraga Albay sustained four (4) gunshot wounds in his body while SPO2 Orlando Suruiz Diaz, 42 years old, the  PNP member assigned at Police Security Protection Group [PSPG] detailed as personal security/escort of Cong. Batocabe, sustained two (2) gunshot wounds on his head, one (1) on his left chest, one (1) on his abdomen, one (1) on his right leg, and one (1) on his left leg.

“Batocabe was a visionary for progress and with Makabayan Bloc for peace and pro-people policies,” said Tess Pielago, the fourth nominee of Bayan Muna Partylist. “But the culture of impunity continues here in our country especially 2019 elections are upcoming.”

“The violence is being encouraged by those in power to silence politicos and critics who are with people for genuine change,” Pielago added.

Batocabe died while being rushed to a private hospital in Legazpi City after six (6) unidentified gunmen killed him as he was leaving the covered basketball court of a l at Barangay Burgos around 3 p.m on that day. He authored laws and initiated programs that continue to make a difference in the lives of Bicolanos as third-term party-list representative of Ako Bicol. He is with senior citizens in Bicol.

Makabayan Bicol also saddened about the wounded senior citizens during the shooting. Immediate support and medical assistance for them must be provided. Ellen Lapon Mansos, 63 years old, of Barangay Kinawitan, Daraga, Albay, sustained one (1) gunshot wound on her left arm; Marina Belolo Mediavillo, 78 years old, of Barangay Maopi, Daraga Albay, sustained lump on her head; Florencita Lomerio Mendones, 67 years old of Barangay Mabini, Daraga Albay, sustained one (1) gunshot wound on her left elbow; Haydie Non Llorca, 61 years old of Barangay Burgos, Daraga Albay, sustained one (1) gunshot wound on her left chest; Gregorio Loterte Mediavillo, 79 years old, farmer of Barangay Maopi, Daraga Albay, sustained one (1) gunshot wound on his elbow and one (1) gunshot wound on his right hip; Jesus Llana Medes, 73 years old, farmer of Barangay Maopi, Daraga Albay, sustained one (1) gunshot wound on left buttocks; and Nelia Mancera Millena, 71 years old, resident of Purok 3, Barangay Burgos, Daraga Albay.

“We express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families of Rep. Batocabe and SPO1 Diaz even as we demand justice to the senseless killings,” Pielago said. The perpetrators of this crime must bring to justice at the soonest time possible according to Makabayan Bicol.