MANILA (UPDATE) - The "treacherous killing" of Maguindanao's provincial auditor is a "strong indication" that there will be a "rise of violence and disorder" upon the province, Maguindanao Rep. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu said Saturday.
The lawmaker was referring to provincial auditor Guiaria Akmad, who was gunned down by unidentified assailants aboard a vehicle and a motorcycle earlier this week. She had served as the Commission on Audit's official in Maguindanao for almost 10 years.
"Her demise is a strong indication that the rise of violence and disorder is upon Maguindanao," Mangudadatu said in a statement.
"She is a person of principle and integrity whose dedication and love for her family and work is beyond question," he said as he denounced the auditor's killing.
"May the wrath of the Almighty Allah be at the heels of those who has the blood of Akmad in their hands."
No stranger to violent crime, Mangudadatu lost his wife, relatives and supporters in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, the perpetrators of which were recently found guilty.
The Commission on Audit, in a statement Sunday, condemned Akmad's killing and urged authorities to "act swiftly" and "conduct an impartial investigation."
"The nature of the work of our auditors exposes them to risks to their safety but this has not and shall not deter us from doing our Constitutional duty," it said.
"We ask the public to pray for the family of Auditor Akmad, and for the safety of our auditors and for their steadfast courage and integrity."