Imam shot in broad daylight
IMAM Bedejim Abdullah was shot in broad daylight in a busy street in the city.
Chief Superintendent Eliseo Tanding, OIC city director of the Baguio City Police Office said the shooting incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. of November 6 at Kayang street inside the public market.
“As of this time, we are still awaiting for the results of the medico legal findings and will soon give a release,” Tanding said.
The Imam was rushed to the hospital after the shooting while a hot pursuit operation is ongoing
against possible suspects.
Abdullah served as a Muslim cleric at the Philippine Military Academy and preaches at Discover Islam Baguio, a religious school.
Abdullah, who is the vice chairman of the multi sectoral regional advisory council of the Cordillera police have previously denounced all forms of extremism.
Baguio City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog meanwhile condemned the murder of Abdullah and has sought full investigation of the killing.
“I condemned to the highest degree the brutal slaying of a good and peace loving man,” Bilog in a statement said.
Abdullah was shot twice in the head and thrice in the body by a still-unidentified assailant in Kayang Street.
The City Council will act on a resolution to be filed by Committee on Human Rights and Justice chair councilor Faustino Olowan condemning the barbaric act and calling for an immediate investigation of the murder next week.
Abdullah also hosted a radio program on Muslim Affairs and advocated for an understanding of Islam and helped set up mosques in the city to give places of worship for Muslims.
Abdulah was also a nature enthusiast and organized events in biking, running and marathons.
CRIME SCENE. Chalk marks in front of Kayang Business Center is what’s left after a shooting incident in the morning of December 6.