KINTANAR HIT PART OF NO-ELECTION PLOT ? -- TATAD

Quezon City, Jan. 26, 2003 - Former Sen. Francisco Tatad yesterday said the killing of Kintanar could be a prelude to a series of assassinations aimed at sowing instability to justify a "no elections" scenario in 2004.

Tatad, at the Kapihan sa Sulo Hotel forum, said he suspected the Kintanar slay is "not an isolated case" but could be "the first of a series of assassinations which could lead to a period of serious instability."

"Is this an attempt to create a revolutionary situation that would provide justification for no election scenario in 2004?" Tatad asked.

Tatad noted that President Arroyo, in saying that the NPA is after at least five of her Cabinet officials, has placed in danger the lives of the supposed targets.

Tatad said it is important that the killers of Kintanar be immediately identified to determine whether this was purely a criminal act or an act related to politics. (Malaya)


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