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Activist Doctor killed in Mindanao

by Pesante-USA Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2009 at 9:12 PM
magsasakapil@hotmail.com 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

Epidemiologist Dr. Rogelio Peera was killed because of his activism, his colleagues insisted on Saturday. Dr. Jonathan Placido, chair of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW), said Peera had rallied people in the sector against issues that threatened their welfare and the delivery of health services to the poor. Peera was driving home with his daughter on Wednesday night when he was ambushed near his home in Cabantian village here. He died from multiple bullet wounds in the head and body, while his daughter suffered minor injuries.

Pesante NEWS
June 29, 2009


Activist Doctor Killed in Mindanao


DAVAO CITY, PhilippinesEpidemiologist Dr. Rogelio Peera was killed because of his activism, his colleagues insisted on Saturday.

Dr. Jonathan Placido, chair of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW), said Peera had rallied people in the sector against issues that threatened their welfare and the delivery of health services to the poor.

Peera was driving home with his daughter on Wednesday night when he was ambushed near his home in Cabantian village here. He died from multiple bullet wounds in the head and body, while his daughter suffered minor injuries.

Order of battle

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Joel Virador said Peera, a council member of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), might have been marked for execution in a supposed military order of battle. The list was made public here in May by Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo.

The military has since denied the existence of an order of battle. Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson of its Eastern Mindanao Command, said he could not understand why it was easy for militants to point an accusing finger at the military.

Rx for Peace

Dr. Jean Lindo, a member of the Rx for Peace, said that Peera, as chair of the AHW in the 1990s, opposed Executive Order No. 3866 mandating the rationalization of the Department of Health.

The slain physician was also an active member of Purga (Health People United for the Removal of Gloria), a group of medical practitioners and health workers calling for the resignation of President Macapagal-Arroyo.

At the time of his death, he was at the helm of the campaign against the latest influenza strain A(H1N1) in southern Mindanao.

Efficient and dedicated

Dr. Leopoldo Vega, head of the Davao Medical Center, described Peera as an efficient and dedicated co-worker.

Supt. Antonio Rivera, public information officer of the city police, told reporters that investigators still had no idea as to who were behind Peeras death and what the motive was for the killing.

Its still a blank wall. Unless we can get very substantial information, which could lead us to witnesses and evidence, then the investigation will start moving the way it should. We are still gathering information and evidence, Rivera said. Jeffrey M. Tupas, Inquirer Mindanao
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