Task Group Bede­jim formed

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THE BAGUIO City Po­lice Of­fice(BCPO) formed, Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Group Bede­jim, to help in the im­me­di­ate res­o­lu­tion of the shoot­ing of Imam Ab­dula Bay­lon Bede­jim on De­cem­ber 6 along Kayang and Shogum Street.

BCPO Act­ing city di­rec­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Eliseo Tand­ing in a press briefing ex­plained the po­lice is in the process of es­tab­lish­ing an­gles which will help in de­vel­op­ing the mo­tive for the mur­der of Imam Bede­jim.

“Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing the mo­tive, this will be fol­lowed by the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of pos­si­ble sus­pects based on CCTV footage and pho­tos re­cov­ered.

on our in­ves­ti­ga­tion no sus­pects have been ap­pre­hended,” Tand­ing said.

The Task Group will be su­per­vised by Tand­ing, with the deputy for op­er­a­tions , the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group, Scene of the Crime Op­er­a­tives, Le­gal Divi­sion, Po­lice Sta­tion 7, In­tel­li­gence Of­fice, In­ves­ti­ga­tion Of­fice and the Anti Crime Unit as mem­bers.

“As of the mo­ment, we still can­not give any mo­tive be­cause we need to get all an­gles. We will be start­ing with the vic­tims rel­a­tives in gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion fol­lowed by the eye­wit­nesses aside from con­duct­ing back­ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the vic­tim,” Tand­ing stated.

A sus­pect based on CCTV footage and pho­tos is now un­der­go­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion but BCPO be­lieves four per­sons maybe be­hind the killing of Imam Bedi­jim.

“We will use all tools pos­si­ble so that we can im­me­di­ately solve this case. To our Mus­lim broth­ers and res­i­dents of Baguio there is no need to fear, this is an iso­lated case and Baguio City is known to be a peace­ful place,” Tand­ing added.

Imam Bede­jim sus­tained sev­eral gun­shot wounds in the dif­fer­ent parts of his body based on the medico le­gal cer­tifi­cate and was brought to the hos­pi­tal but was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival.

A cal­i­bre .45 Rem­ing­ton 1911 be­lieved to be owned by the gun­man was re­cov­ered by re­spond­ing per­son­nel of Po­lice Sta­tion 7 and SOCO at the Mag­no­lia Al­ley of Ma­har­likha Liveli­hood Cen­ter ac­ci­den­tally hit­ting a sales lady when the gun­man dropped the firearm be­fore flee­ing. The sales lady was brought to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Tand­ing ap­pealed to the pub­lic to help by giv­ing any in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice.

Imam Bede­jim’s re­mains was brought to Bu­la­can.

Mean­while, the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Acad­emy, which mourns for the death of the Imam has called for the im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion for his mur­der.

PMA in­for­ma­tion chief, LTC Harry Baliaga Jr in a state­ment said “the PMA fam­ily along with its grad­u­ates condemns the killing of Imam Bede­jim. We en­cour­age the gen­eral pub­lic to re­port to the near­est PNP Sta­tions any pos­si­ble leads that may pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant in­for­ma­tion for the res­o­lu­tion of this case.”

The acad­emy also ex­pressed grief on the loss of its vol­un­teer.

“The acad­emy deeply re­grets the loss of Imam Ab­dul­lah and in one with Baguio Com­mu­nity in ex­press­ing its sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of Imam Bede­jim Ab­dul­lah,” the state­ment said adding their con­fi­dence in the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice in its ef­forts to ap­pre­hend and con­vict the per­sons be­hind the bru­tal slay re­mains.

Imam Bede­jim has been serv­ing Asia’s premier mil­i­tary acad­emy on a vol­un­tary sta­tus ex­press­ing his avail­abil­ity to the PMA and sup­port for peace-build­ing ef­forts.

“Through­out his ser­vice to the acad­emy, he had al­ways em­pha­sized on work­ing to­gether re­gard­less of race, re­li­gion, and eth­nic­ity in nur­tur­ing peace and un­der­stand­ing to­wards a God-fear­ing na­tion,” Baliaga said.

The PMA state­ment read “The PMA fam­ily rec­og­nizes and ap­pre­ci­ates his ef­fort for al­most 17 years of in­valu­able sup­port to the com­mand for his al­tru­is­tic in­volve­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion es­pe­cially to the Mus­lim Com­mu­nity of this com­mand in pro­vid­ing re­li­gious and moral val­ues pro­gram in sup­port to the Char­ac­ter De­vel­op­ment of the cadets.”

Pro­gres­sive group Tong­ton­gan ti Umil­iCordillera Peo­ples Al­liance also de­plored the bru­tal killing of the Mus­lim leader.

In a state­ment, the group said Imam Bede­jim was a peace-lov­ing in­di­vid­ual and was very ac­tive in his ad­vo­ca­cies. He was in­stru­men­tal in move­ments against violent ex­trem­ism, ex­tra-ju­di­cial killings, en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion and the en­try of casi­nos in the city. He also built fa­cil­i­tated har­mony and sought unity with other re­li­gious groups and was usu­ally at the fore­front of in­ter­faith di­a­logue and events.

“This re­cent at­tack against a re­li­gious leader show that Baguio is not spared from the relentless killings un­der the Duterte regime. The pres­i­dent’s rhetoric of mur­ders and killings has en­abled a cul­ture that al­lows for any­one, even re­li­gious lead­ers, to be­come easy tar­gets of vi­o­lence—even at the heart of the city, this while per­pe­tra­tors re­main free and evade re­spon­si­bil­ity with im­punity,” the state­ment said.

“We urge the au­thor­i­ties to con­duct a full and im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Imam Bede­jim’s killing and swiftly bring the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice. We also call on the peo­ple of Baguio to be vig­i­lant in our quest for jus­tice and our strug­gle to put an end to law­less vi­o­lence,” the state­ment fur­ther reads.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

ON THE HUNT. Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Eliseo Tand­ing and Su­per­in­ten­dent Yam­son Abellera shows pho­tos de­rived from cam­era footage of sus­pects who gunned down Imam Bede­jim Ab­dul­lah, a Mus­lim leader and preacher at the Kayang Busi­ness Cen­ter at the Pub­lic Mar­ket, De­cem­ber 6.

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