Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Shooting the Innocent

Citing testimonies of witnesses, the police said six men were spotted at a “gotohan" (rice soup eatery) near the crime scene past 5 a.m. The gunmen then riddled the vehicle with bullets at 7:15 a.m. when it passed at the corner of Balagtas and Juan Luna streets.

Upon seeing that Esquivel’s son was hit, the suspects were heard as saying "Di ito ang ating target [This is not our target]." But witnesses said the suspects finished the driver off deliberately. - GMA news
a leaflet apparently left behind by the attackers near the crime scene indicated that the elder Esquivel was the target of the ambush by a group that identified itself was the Armadong Operatiba ng Partidong Marxista-Leninista ng Pilipinas (Armed Operatives of the Marxist-Leninist Party of the Philippines). - Inquirer
There is an old age saying, “Why shoot the messenger?” In this case, a lowly driver, who had nothing to do with the issue, was purposely gunned down. After the hitmen fired at the vehicle, the grabbed the head of the driver and pumped a .45 caliber bullet into his head. The supposed target of the assassination was nowhere near the scene. The gunmen who are supposed to be fighting for the rights of the poor, has deliberately killed somebody so poor.

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