The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace and Process (OPAPP) condemned on Monday the shooting incident in Kabacan, North Cotabato, which claimed the lives of nine civilians last August 29.

Eight of the victims were killed on the spot, while the other one expired around 4 p.m. at a local hospital. All of them were farmers.

Photo shows an identification card of one of the victims Budsal Lipusan, who is said to be from Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao.
(Contributed photo via Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN)

A police report said that there was no firefight reported and the victims were allegedly gunned down after they were waylaid by unidentified gunmen along the road inside the University of Southern Mindanao (USM).

“We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Our agency stands behind all of you during this most difficult time, and shall provide you the assistance you will need to recover from your loss,” Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

“This barbaric attack shows the great lengths these lawless elements will go through to sow fear, anger and discord among the people. We believe that no person in the right frame of mind would carry out such a crime against humanity, more so, to take away precious, innocent lives,” he added.

Galvez said the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) are now coordinating with authorities conducting an investigation on the incident.

He assured the public that the Duterte administration and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) leadership are doing their best to sustain the peace in the region.

“As we mourn the loss of those who have perished, let us unite and work hand in hand so that we can help prevent such incidents from happening, and continue promoting the culture of peace, mutual understanding, and solidarity across our nation,” he added.

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Source: Manila Bulletin (