Unresolved killings rise in Zamboanga City


UNRESOLVED KILLINGS. According to reports, the number of unresolved killings in Zamboanga City continue to rise. Graphic by Jessica Lazaro
An anti-corruption group says unresolved killings and violence are becoming more rampant in Zamboanga City. The Zamboanga Today Online says at least 180 deaths and critically wounded have been recorded from January 2012 to January 2013.

This means one person is killed every two days in Zamboanga City. From January to June 2013, the number of killings rise to 250. Police attribute the killings mainly to family feuds and grudges, but most cases remain unresolved. The most recent incident was the killing of 22-year-old Ateneo de Zamboanga alumnus Justin Raphael Wee, who was shot in the head by a lone gunman on June 22. His death sparks an anti-violence campaign in the city, with about 200 university students holding a prayer rally for Wee and the other victims of violence. Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco issued marching orders to the police to go after the killers.

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