DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 December) — Meranaws will hold a ‘prayer and indignation rally’ in Marawi City on Sunday to demand justice for Imam Bedejim Abdullah who was killed in Baguio City on December 6.
Moro leader Agakhan Sharief said the rally will start at 9 a.m. at the Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao in Matampay.
Abdullah, an Imam who taught at the Discover Islam Baguio, and volunteered his services at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), was shot dead along Kayang Street, at 11:30 a.m. on December 6, “a killing we view as an act of terrorism conducted in broad daylight,” Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said in a statement.
Hataman described Abdullah as a “vocal supporter of non-violent efforts to eradicate extremism, the same position we take in the ARMM.”
The killing of Abdullah, also vice chair of the multi-sectoral Regional Advisory Council of the Cordillera police, “is a loss not only for Muslims, but to all peace-loving people,” Hataman said.
He called on authorities in the Cordillera Administrative Region to conduct a thorough investigation into Abdullah’s slay and deliver justice to him and his family.
“Justice is the strongest foundation for peace, and we trust that our call seeking justice for Abdullah will be heard and heeded,” Hataman added.
In a statement, the PMA said it recognizes and appreciates Abdullah’s nearly 17 years of “invaluable support to the command,” for his “altruistic involvement and participation,” especially in providing religious and moral values program” to the Muslim community there, “in support to the Character Development of the cadets.”
The PMA also urged the public to report to the nearest police station any information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators. (MindaNews)