MANILA - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman on Friday called on local officials in Mindanao to protect health workers.
Hataman issued the statement after a health worker was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sulu on Thursday night.
"We call on local government officials across the region to ensure the safety of our health workers, to acknowledge the context and conditions of health services in their communities, and to act with urgency according to these lived realities in the hopes of improving what works and changing what doesn't," he said.
"Ensuring the Bangsamoro's right to health is a fundamental part of our mandate as elected government officials, and any attack against our health workers is an attack against the Bangsamoro people. We cannot stand idly by as our health workers are threatened by violence, not when we are working towards just and lasting peace."
Hataman said the health worker was identified as Edmiraldo Sollano Wee, who works for the Sulu Integrated Provincial Health Office.
"Wee was on his way home aboard his motorbike when he was shot; his motorcycle was stolen after he was killed," he said.
"A lockdown in the town of Jolo, Sulu was set in place in hopes of apprehending the perpetrators, according to Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu," he added.
A provincial health officer was killed by an unidentified gunman in Dinagat Islands in September 2017.