Muslim leader condemns killing of Imam in Baguio
MARAWI civic leader Samira Gutoc yesterday condemned the killing of Imam Bedijim Abdullah who served as a Muslim cleric at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City.
“I join the nation and the Muslim community in denouncing, in the highest possible terms, this blatant
act of violence perpetrated against Imam Bedejim Abdullah,” she said.
Gutoc said Abdullah was a peace-loving imam and a respected religious leader in Baguio, who tends to and nurture the young hearts and minds of Muslim cadets.
“I am recently witness to the hospitality of Imam Bedejim Abdullah when he hosted me in Baguio during a visit. It pains me to know how those harsh bullets have felled such a peaceful and calm soul.”
She said that Abdullah is a valuable member of the community who was instrumental in establishing the
first Mosque in Baguio. He also counseled thoseMuslim inmates at the Baguio City Jail.
“Clearly, his death left a gaping hole in the hearts of the Baguio and PMA Muslim communities, where he will be sorely missed for all his efforts.”
Gutoc called on the government for a thoroughly investigation “on the senseless murder of this wellloved Muslim community leader”.
“We should find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. This is one of the ways we can honor the memory of Imam Bedejim Abdullah.” —Leifbilly Begas