Dinagat board member killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen

DAVAO CITY (MindNews / 07 July) — A provincial board member of Dinagat Islands province was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen in Surigao City on Sunday morning.

Killed was provincial board member Wenefredo Olofernes.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the brual killing of Sangguniang Panlalawiagan Board Member Wenefredo Oloferenes,” Dinagat Governor Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao said in a press statement.

Wenefredo Olofernes, provincial board member, Dinagat Islands province. Olofornes’ FB profile pix

Initial reports said Olofernes was riding his motorcycle with a companion when he was gunned down by still unidentified assailants who were riding in tandem.

“We are in contact with the Philippine National Police in Surigao City and the Caraga Region in order to provide any assistance in the investigation and to put into the light all the facts surrounding this incident,” Bag-ao said.

Olofernes was on his second term in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. He ran as an Independent candidate and topped the race in the first provincial district comprising the towns of Basilisa, Libjo, Loreto, and Tubajon.

“I express my sincerest condolences to his family, friends, loved ones, staff, and colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. We lost a good leader in Dinagat Islands today,” Bag-ao said.

“I, together with the Provincial Government and each and every Dinagatnon, call for justice. We will ensure the speedy resolution of this criminal act along with the prosecution and conviction of all those involved in the death of Board Member Wenefredo Olofernes,” she said. (MindaNews)