Dinagat provincial employees condemn killing of board member

MANILA, Philippines – Dinagat Islands Governor Kaka Bag-ao and provincial employees wore black during their flag raising ceremony on Monday, July 8, "as an expression of indignation" over the killing of Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Wenefredo Olofernes.

Olofernes was killed on Sunday, July 7, by unidentified gunmen while on his way home from jogging at the provincial grandstand in Surigao City.

On Monday, provincial board members Lyn Dialde, Noli Abis, Absalon Colandog, and Elmie Olaco filed a resolution condemning and calling justice for the murder of Olofernes. Abis, Dialde, and Olaco also wore black during Monday's flag ceremony.

Photo from Dinagat Islands Information Office
Photo from Dinagat Islands Information Office

"The Honorable Olofernes, in his service to the province and our people, was diligent and hardworking in the performance of his duties as a Member of the Fourth Sanggunian and as a newly reelected Member of the Fifth Sanggunian," the proposed resolution read.

The resolution said Olofernes was well-loved by his staff and the employees of the provincial government "for being an approachable and amiable leader."

According to the provincial information office, the resolution will be tackled during the provincial board’s regular session on Tuesday, July 9. – Rappler.com