ISABELA 3rd District Rep. Napoleon S. Dy yesterday urged the Philippine National Police to investigate the death of Jose “Joe” Bogbog, a respected leader of indigenous groups in Isabela who was shot and killed Friday afternoon in Bgy. Turod Norte, Cordon, Isabela.
At the time of his death, Joe was with three women leaders of District IV of Isabela. They were on their way home from organizing activities and scheduling medical missions when their vehicle was attacked by the assailants. One of the women was injured, while the two others were unhurt.
“I condemn the killing of Jose Bogbog and I call upon the Philippine National Police to thoroughly investigate the killing, and to punish the perpetrators and bring justice to the victims and their families,” said Dy, who added that the popular local leader had spent his life fighting for the rights of women and indigenous peoples.
According to Dy, Bogbog was an active volunteer and organizer of Avance Isabelina, a women’s group in Isabela working for women’s rights and equality. It also provides women of Isabela access to health care and wellness.
Dy explained that he and ANAC-IP Rep. Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. are program partners of Avance Isabelina, and have supported the medical missions that Avance Isabelina has been organizing and conducting in their province.
The death of Bogbog, said Dy, came as a shock to both congressmen.
“Isabela has lost a crusader. The indigenous peoples and women of Isabela lost a great volunteer and dedicated organizer,” said Dy.
“I consider the death of Joe as an attack against the women of Isabela. And those cowards who threatened the lives of Isabelinas must answer for their crimes. The women of Isabela, particularly the Avance Isabelina, will not be intimidated by the veiled threat of monsters who hide behind the darkness,” Dy said.
“I call upon all Isabelinos to let peace reign in Isabela. Let us continue our organizing efforts that bring services to the grassroots, particularly the marginalized sectors in our beloved province.”