Activist Neptali Morada gunned down in Naga City

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Activist Neptali Morada was gunned down at around 7:30 am on Monday, June 17, in Barangay San Isidro, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

Maria Luisa Calubaquib, regional spokesperson of the Philippine National Police in Bicol, said the victim was driving his motorcycle from Naga City to the provincial capitol in Pili, Camarines Sur, when he was gunned down by unidentified men aboard a white vehicle. 

The victim worked as a staff member of former Camarines Sur vice governor Ato Peña. He was a former regional head of the political party Bayan Muna, and also served as Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) campaign committee head in Camarines Sur. 

Morada is the 3rd activist killed in Bicol in a span of 3 days. On Saturday, June 15, human rights activists Ryan Hubilla and Nelly Bagasala were also gunned down in Sorsogon City by unidentified assailants.

The killing of Morada took place a few hours before Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes officiated and offered Mass for Bagasala and Hubilla around 10 am Monday. –