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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/15 December 2009 by Vic Larato—
Mayor Celso Lobregat met yesterday afternoon with Christian and Muslim residents of barangay Sinunuc in the west coast in a bid to assuage the growing tension in the area following a fatal hacking incident early this month.
Lobregat told the community that the families of the victim and suspects have agreed to settle their differences without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges against the suspect in court.
The incident resulted in the death of Ramon Olasiman and another, Imam Becker Isnain was hospitalized. The suspect, Isnain’s son, is presently detained at the Sinunuc Police detention cell.
“There is no reason for fear and animosity because the families concerned have agreed not to resort to retaliation. I hope the situation is now back to normal,” Lobregat told the residents of Sinunuc in a meeting at the covered court of the barangay.
While the families concerned have agreed to settle their differences, Lobregat stressed that the wheel of justice should take its normal course. “The case should go on in court,” he said. “Do not take the law into your hands.”
The meeting ended with relatives of the suspect shaking the hands of the victim’s family members in the presence of Mayor Lobregat, Sinunuc barangay officials led by Chairman Gonzalo Garcia, the police under Sr. Insp.Jambiran, Col. Abao of Task Force Zamboanga and a representative of the Zamboanga City Police Office.
On Sunday, the chief executive and the law enforcement units with the presence of the two parties, also conducted similar meeting in City Hall with the primary goal of ending the feud.
What was agreed during Sunday’s meeting was also relayed to the community yesterday in a bid to stem the tension between Christians and Muslims in the barangay
As this developed, Imam Damsid Suhuran late yesterday afternoon visited Mayor Lobregat in City Hall to personally thank the chief executive for taking the cudgels of facilitating the resolution of the feud.
Suhuran together with several other imams in Sinunuc have written Mayor Lobregat informing about the emerging feud in the area.—(Vic Larato)
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