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BBM-SARA UNITEAM CONDEMNS SHOOTING OF TWO MAYORS IN ZAMBOANGA CITY

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7 December 2021

The BBM-Sara UniTeam of Presidential aspirant Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. and his running-mate vice-presidential aspirant Sara Duterte condemned the ambush incident that killed Al Barka, Basilan Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid in Zamboanga City Monday morning.

Mayor Darussalam, a member of the Lakas-CMD party, and his aide were killed in the shooting while Akbar, Basilan Mayor Alih Awal Sali was left wounded.

Asked for comment during his visit to Lanang in Davao City, Marcos Jr. commented that it is time to end politically-motivated violence in the country.  He encouraged everyone to join the UniTeam's call for unity amid personal and political differences.

“Talagang ‘yan ang iniiwasan natin. Sana naman hindi humantong itong eleksyon na ito sa mga political violence. Sana malampasan na natin ‘yan. Kaya’t siguro tamang-tama ang aming mensahe ng pagkakaisa. Huwag na natin ginagawa yan at kung ano yung mga pagkakaiba natin ay tanggapin natin. Huwag papupuntahin sa karahasan kagaya ng nangyari,” Marcos explained.

Marcos hopes that this incident will not happen again and that all parties should instead always focus on finding a better solution to avoid violence.

"I hope that this is the last time that we hear this kind of news and I enjoin everyone to not bring these political differences that we might have into violence. We should always be able to find a better way," Marcos said.

The BBM-Sara UniTeam extended deepest sympathies to the families of Mayor Darussalam and his aide, also offered prayers for the speedy recovery of Mayor Sali.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families ng mga nasawi at sana naman ay hindi na mauulit ito habang tumatagal patungong eleksyon,” Marcos said.

"With the officers and members of the Lakas-CMD, my thoughts and prayers for Mayor Darussalam and his aide as we offer their families our deepest condolences. We also wish for the speedy recovery of Mayor Sali, member of the local United Bangsamoro Party who is also a member of the Lakas-CMD in Basilan," according to Duterte's statement.

The BBM-Sara UniTeam also called for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators and the masterminds behind the attack.

"May the perpetrators behind this appalling attack be immediately brought to justice," the BBM-Sara UniTeam stated.

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 FILIPINO VERSION

BBM-SARA UNITEAM KINUNDENA ANG PAMAMARIL SA DALAWANG MAYOR SA ZAMBOANGA CITY

KINUNDENA nina BBM-Sara UniTeam Presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. at Vice-presidential aspirant Sara Duterte ang pamamaril sa dalawang mayor sa Zamboanga City ng mga hindi pa nakikilalang salarin nitong Lunes ng umaga.

Nasawi sa insidente si Al Barka, Basilan Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid na miyembro ng partidong Lakas-CMD at ang kanyang aide. Samantalang sugatan naman si Akbar, Basilan Mayor Alih Awal Sali.

Ayon kay Marcos, hindi na dapat nangyayari ang mga ganitong uri ng political violence bagkus ay pagtuunan na lamang ang pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino sa kabila ng mga magkasalungat na pananaw.

“Talagang yan ang iniiwasan natin. Sana naman hindi humantong itong eleksyon na ito sa isang political violence. Sana malampasan na natin yan. Kaya’t siguro tamang-tama ang aming mensahe ng pagkakaisa. Huwag na natin ginagawa yan at kung ano yung mga pagkakaiba natin ay tanggapin natin. Huwag papupuntahin sa karahasan kagaya ng nangyari,” paliwanag ni Marcos.

Umaasa si Marcos na hindi na mauulit ang ganitong insidente at hanapan ng paraan na ang mga hindi pagkakaunawaan ay maiwasang humantong sa karahasan.

"I hope that this is the last time that we hear this kind of news and I enjoin everyone to not bring this political difference that we might have into violence. We should always be able to find a better way," sabi pa ni Marcos.

Nagpaabot din ng pakikiramay sina Marcos at Duterte sa mga pamilya ng mga biktima at nasawi.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families ng mga nasawi at sana naman ay hindi na mauulit ito habang tumagal ang eleksyon,” ayon kay Marcos.

"With the officers and members of Lakas-CMD, my thoughts and prayers for Mayor Darussalam and his aide as we offer their families our deepest condolences. We also wish for the speedy recovery of Mayor Sali, member of the local United Bangsamoro Party but also a member of the Lakas-CMD in Basilan," pahayag naman ni Inday Sara Duterte.

Humihingi rin ng agarang hustiya ang BBM-Sara UniTeam sa nangyaring insidente.

"May the perpetrators behind this appalling attack be immediately brought to justice," ayon sa pahayag ng BBM-Sara UniTeam.

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