Victim member of militant groups
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Was Dr. Bong Penera killed for his militant advocacies?
This angle was raised by friends and colleagues of the doctor shot dead Wednesday in Davao City by motorcycle-riding masked gunmen while on his way home to his residence in Cabantian, Buhangin at the outskirts of the city.
This developed as leaders of progressive groups in the city slammed police theories Penera could be a victim of mistaken identity or killed over a personal grudge.
Penera, the chief of the Department of Health’s Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (Resu) in Southern Mindanao, is known to have to enemies.
Progressive groups here have been putting the military to task for the killing of their members in what is said to be a government campaign to exterminate anti-government militant personalities.
Penera is reportedly in the rooster of several progressive groups which could have landed him in the military “order of battle.”
was a member of various progressive groups that could be targets of the military in its “order of battle.”
That his militancy could be behind the death was at the center of discussion during a press conference given by militant leaders held Friday at the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP).
Dr. Jonathan Placido, chairman of the Alliance for Health Workers (AHW), the police theory of personal grudge as likely motive was impossible as Penera has no known enemy.
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) in Southern Mindanao said Penera could be a victim of political killing for leading government workers opposition to certain state policies.
BAYAN-SMR secretary general John Birondo said Penera, a BAYAN council member and former chair of the militant AHW is in the lead of government health workers’ campaign against Executive Order 3866 or the Rationalization of the Department of Health.