Thursday, June 25, 2009

Gunmen kill senior health official in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 25, 2009) – A senior Filipino health official was gunned down and his daughter injured in an attack in Davao City in the southern Philippines, police said on Thursday.

Police said Dr. Rogelio Penera and his 15-year old daughter were in a car and on their way home from work when two motorcycle gunmen chased them and shot the victims near their house at around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said Penera, the head of the Department of Health’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit in southern Mindanao, rammed his car on a wall while trying to elude the gunmen.

“Doctor Penera and his daughter were chased by the gunmen who caught up with them after his car rammed a wall near their house in Countryville Executive Homes. We still don’t know the motives of the attack,” Senior Superintendent Ramon Apolinario, chief of the Davao City police, said in an interview Thursday with radio network dzRH.

“Doctor Penera’s daughter was slightly wounded,” he said, adding the gunmen escaped after the shooting.

The attack occurred near a police precinct, but cops were not able to immediately respond to the shootings. Apolinario said he would investigate the policemen assigned at the precinct.

Davao is one of the most dangerous places in Mindanao with hundreds of unresolved summary executions and extrajudicial killings in recent years. But authorities blamed gang war as behind the murders mostly of ex-convicts and petty criminals. (Mindanao Examiner)

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