Song for Gene Boyd featured in 1st Manila Reggae Summit

Bands from the Visayas will also attend the Summit which will feature all original songs.

Landero first sang ”Shooting the Sunset” during a tribute for Gene Boyd at the
Kanto Bar, Matina Town Square.

Landero brought to Manila a tarpaulin with Gene Boyd's photo and some of the
photos he took, to serve as backdrop.

Gene Boyd was gunned down in Jolo, Sulu on November 12, 2004. He was 26.

The military and police in Jolo said Gene BOyd was killed by the Urban Terrorist Group of the Abu Sayyaf. At that time, the Abu Sayyaf was no longer considered a threat in the area.

A case of murder was filed against brothers Omar and Iting Sailani in December 2004. To date, the parents of Gene Boyd have not heard from the court.

Early this month, Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro, chief of the Western Mindanao Regional Police-Intelligence Division said the Sailani brothers now top the reward list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for their alleged involvement, among others, in an October 2006 operation that led to the death of 11 persons.

SunStar Network Online, on the other hand, quoted Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director Manuel Barcena as saying they received a copy of the reward notice last week from the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Casimiro’s and Barcena’s announcements, however,  raise some questions because Iting Sailani is dead and has been dead since August 12, 2006, according to the regional police chief in the ARMM where Sulu belongs.

In his March 23, 2007 letter to MindaNews, in response to a follow-up on Gene Boyd’s case, Chief Supt. Joel Goltiao, ARMM police chief, said Iting Sailani was killed on August 12, 2006 during a raid in their safehouse at Zone III, Tulay, Jolo, Sulu by elements of the Jolo police station and the military.

Goltiao said Iting Sailani and three other unidentified persons were killed while one was killed on the government side, P03 Basil Isad and five others were injured.

Goltiao added that Omar Sailani is still a subject for manhunt. (MindaNews)