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The Netherlands presses Noy gov’t to get Dutch aid worker’s killers

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Netherlands has asked the Aquino government to hold accountable the gunmen who murdered a Dutch aid worker in an attack that stirred outrage among local activist and church groups.

Dutch Ambassador to Manila Robert Brinks expressed his shock over the killing of Willem Geertman, 67, who was shot by two men in front of his non-government organization’s office in San Fernando, Pampanga last Tuesday.

“Ambassador Brinks noted Geertman’s years of involvement with local development and humanitarian organizations and expressed his sincere  hope that authorities will hold those behind the killing accountable,” a statement released by the Dutch embassy said.

Police had originally identified the victim as “William Geertman” and insisted that robbery remains the primary motive in the incident.

But some activist groups linked the killing to the government’s fight against communist rebels, while others said it was related to a land dispute centering on the redistribution of Hacienda Luisita estate owned by the family of President Aquino..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/1194-the-netherlands-presses-noy-gov%E2%80%99t-to-get-dutch-aid-worker%E2%80%99s-killers

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