Gordon condemns ‘riding-in-tandem’ killing of CDO-based surgeon

Gordon condemns ‘riding-in-tandem’ killing of CDO-based surgeon

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Richard J. Gordon slammed the murder of a prominent Cagayan de

Oro-based surgeon who was assassinated by motorcycle-bound suspects, colloquially

referred to as a “riding in tandem” early this month

Gordon, who chairs the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, rued the

death of Dr. Raul Winston Andutan, the medical director of Maria Reyna-Xavier

University Hospital (MRXUH) and former president of the Philippine Urological

Association (PUA), last Dec. 2.

“Senseless killings remain unabated in this country. This country lost one of its

finest physicians to another case of assassination carried out by the ‘riding in

tandem.’ We seek justice for the death of Dr. Andutan, This killing must stop!” he


“Kaya natin ipinanukala ang Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act ay upang

masawata ang mga mamamatay-tao at mga kriminal na ganito. Ayaw na natin

makakita ng mga pamilyang nagdurusa dahil sa mga pagpatay na tulad nito,” he


Based on news reports, Andutan was driving his SUV when he was shot thrice in

Bgy. Nazareth at around 10 am last Dec. 2. Fighting for his life, he was able to flee his

attackers, but eventually slammed his vehicle into a laundry shop, injuring a

bystander. He was rushed to the very hospital he heads, where he eventually

succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Andutan was 62 years old. (ai/mtvn)


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