Killer Of Journalist Is Identified

June 25, 2007 at 4:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 25 Jun) – Philippine police have identified the suspect in the fatal shooting Monday of a broadcaster of the state-owned Radyo ng Bayan in the southern Philippines.

Gunmen killed Vicente Sumalpong and wounded another journalist Vema Andam and their driver in the town of Bonggao in Tawi-Tawi island.

The three were on a motorcycle when gunmen ambushed them near the Sea Orchid Subdivision at around 5.25 a.m.

“We have identified the suspect in the killing of the journalist as Nur Suang, who was also involved in the June 20 murder of a female guest relation officer of a bar in Sanga-Sanga (town also in Tawi-Tawi),” Goltiao told reporters.Suang is still at-large, he said.

Goltiao said the survivors in the attack positively identified Suang from a photograph show them by police investigators. He said Sumalpong was helping the family of the slain woman file a case against Suang. (With a report from Juley Reyes)

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  1. To my most Distinguish brothers & sisters of Alpha Chi Chapter & Sumalpong family:

    My condolences to the members of Alpha Chi Chapter and Sumalpong’s family. It is always sad to hear when someone close to you pass away. I personally knew brother Vicente Sumalpong, Alpha Chi Chapter batch ‘89 – since we were in college days. I first met him during the MSU, Marawi Convention (1994), in RELC-ARMM Complex, Cotabato Convention (1996), and during a chapter trip of our Founding Father Tomas Gavarra in Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi (2001), Our last meeting was in Iligan City during the National Leadership Conference (2003).

    I have been apart of this organization for fourteen years and in that time I have the pleasure of knowing brother Sumalpong. During my college day and even after college I heard many good words about him. Brother Ruddi Tawano, Sister Catherine Pacquiao and the rest of the delegates could attest our aspiration to abolish hazing during the marawi convention. Brother Sumalpong was known to his advocacy for anti-hazing, from his contributions to Alpha Chi chapter to his successes of becoming a teacher and then a respected broadcaster. It saddens me to hear one of our own has passed on and at such a young age.

    Sumalpong’s family are in great mourning of his passing so please pray for everyone, and for justice must prevail. I just want to leave everyone with a quick word. God has given us the gift of life and many of us including myself takes it for granted. Never did I think we would be accepting a brother into and Omega chapter anytime soon. We must find our purpose in life create goals and accomplish all that we can and that’s including helping others. We don’t know how your or how old we will be when our day comes. But we do know that while we are here we can make an impact on the world. I am sure brother Sumalpong did this. Lets remember all that he has done and keep him in our hearts. He was a great man, A brother to remember forever… May God bless and comfort you all in your time of need. My prayers are with you and the family.

    Fraternally yours,

    Brother Momar Mundoc
    Alpha Sigma Phi Phils., Inc
    Alpha Psi ‘92


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