Sara condemns killing of Al Barka mayor

Published December 7, 2021, 11:17 AM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte condemned the killing of Al Barka Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid by unidentified gunmen in Zamboanga City Monday morning.

In a statement on Tuesday, Duterte, who is also Lakas-CMD chair, said

The late Al Barka Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid (left) during a courtesy call with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. (Facebook photo of Mayor Darussalam Saguindilan Lajid/Manila Bulletin)

“Mayor Darussalam is a member of Lakas-CMD Party and a personal friend.”

“His untimely demise is truly tragic and heartbreaking. This cowardly act deserves our collective outrage and condemnation,” Duterte added.

Also killed in the gun attack was Lajid’s aide. Meanwhile, Akbar Mayor Alih Awal Sali was also wounded.

“With the officers and members of Lakas-CMD, my thoughts and prayers for Mayor Darussalam and his aide as we offer their families our deepest condolences. We also wish for the speedy recovery of Mayor Sali, member of the local United Bangsamoro Party but also a member of the Lakas-CMD in Basilan,” Duterte added.