APL statement on the March 23 killing of Noriel Salazar, a trade union advocate and former vice mayor of Alitagtag, Batangas

The Alliance of Progressive Labor vehemently condemns the treacherous and despicable murder of Noriel Salazar last Wednesday morning, which is not only deplorable but, if not promptly and diligently solved, may also indicate a renewed impunity for political killings in the country.

Bro. Noriel had just dropped off his wife at a local bank where she works in the town of Alitagtag when two motorcycle-riding gunmen approached him from behind and shot him in the head.

What a cowardly way to slay a man who had steadfastly served his coworkers and co-unionists as the union president of Cocochem or the United Coconut Chem. Inc. in Bauan, Batangas.; who had honestly and wholeheartedly served his townmates in Alitagtag as a municipal councilor for three straight terms or nine years in a row and as a vice mayor from 2007 to 2010; who had actively supported several programs and activities of APL that enabled many Batangueño and Batangueña workers to be aware of their rights and potentials; who had passionately promoted the politics of change and grassroots democracy when he campaigned for the Akbayan party-list; and who had fondly and patiently nurtured his beloved wife, children, parents, siblings and relatives.

In the midst of our sorrow and outrage, the APL is calling on the government and the police to bring to justice the butchers and the mastermind/s of this contemptible assassination of Bro. Noriel Salazar. We strongly urge the authorities to leave no stone untouched to capture the hired killers and to unmask and punish the brains behind this loathsome crime.

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