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Muslim rural doctor shot dead in Cotabato

FB Photo by Hafez Ampatuan
Cotabato City, Philippines
April 19, 2017

Dr Shahid Sinolinding, the younger brother of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding Jr, was killed inside his clinic Tuesday morning, just over a month after the death of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, a rural doctor serving folks in Lanao del Norte.

The sad news was confirmed to the media by Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial.

Ubial said Dr Shahid Sinolinding and his security escort identified as “Hamid” were gunned down inside the Cotabato Doctors Clinic on Tuesday morning by a suspect who pretended to be a patient.
"We condemn in strongest terms the murder of Dr Sinolinding, the second doctor to the barrio to be murdered in two months," Ubial said in a statement.

Secretary Sinolinding has yet to issue a statement as of this posting.

Last March, Perlas – a physician who had been deployed to Lanao del Norte under the government's Doctors to the Barrios program – was killed.

Perlas killing prompted the health department to "revisit and amend" the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers.

The Department of Justice also directed the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the killing.

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