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Matabalaoand Regular killings not Cotabato City culture.

Local News • 15:38 PM Wed Sep 2, 2015
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Edwin Fernandez and DXMS Radyo Bida
Scene of the Crime Operatives conduct post shooting incident probe atop Tanghal Bridge in Cotabato City that left four people dead. (Bernadette Maribojo)

COTABATO CITY - A city councilor on Tuesday urged the city government and the police to come up with a security plan that will put a stop to the rash of killings.Councilor Bruce Matabalao also vehemently denied the rumors that have been spreading in the social media that killing and bombing are natural in the locality and that its absence was abnormal. There is no truth to that, that is not the culture of Cotabato City, Matabalao told DXMS Radyo Bida of reports that killing was normal in the city.But he admitted the series of killing, at least 10 fatalities the past week, has alarmed the residents, including the investors who are eyeing the city as its new investment destination.Senior Supt. Rex Anongos,Cotabato City police director, admitted before the City Council that what is happening now in the city is abnormal as compared to areas of his previous assignments.He sought the help of the city legislative body and the city government in coming up with a concrete plan to put a stop to the rash of killing which he said were triggered by personal grudge and drug related. In August, based on police records, at least 20 shooting incidents have occurred in the city, including the daring ambush-killing of Barangay Kagawad Misuari Karim and three of his armed Barangay Tanod.

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