Revilla sits down with Muslim leaders to ease tension in Imus

June 30, 2009 9:11 am 

MANILA, June 30 –- Senator Bong Revilla met last Monday with Cavite Muslim leaders to ease the tension in Imus following a shoot-out that left six people dead, including Revilla’s three relatives, last week.

During the meeting attended by officials from the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA), the Muslim leaders belied rumors that the Muslim community is planning to retaliate against the Bautista family.

In response, Revilla assured that his family, although distraught by the death of Raul Bautista and his two sons Raffy and Richie Allen Bautista, has no intention to take the law into their own hands.

”We already left the case to the police, particularly in tracking down the assailants of my cousins,” Revilla said.

The Muslim leaders expressed their trust, assuring the Cavite lawmaker that they will not be swayed by rumors that Revilla is holding personal grudge against the Muslim community.

Aside from the Bautistas, others killed in the shooting incident at the Imus public market last June 21 were Michael Salanguit, the driver of the Bautista family, and two Muslims Mahmod Sultan and Sowaib Salie.

Among the officials of OMA who attended the meeting is Regional Director Bae Sinab Dimaampao while the Muslim leaders were Sultan Lanie Esmael, Hadji Malic Bauda, Hadji Macaagal, Hadji Jamil Guro and Rakman Macasilang. Sultan Esmael is recognized as the prime leader of the Muslim community in Cavite .

"In general, throughout Cavite, Sultan is there to give assurance to Senator Revilla and Bautista family that no more lives will be lost. Let’s us help each other,” Engr. Saripada Dimaampao of the OMA said.

The shooting incident was triggered by a simple traffic altercation near the Imus public market. (PNA) /V3/jfm/

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