COTABATO CITY (PNA)–The family of slain ophthalmologist Dr. Sajid “Jaja” Sinolinding here appealed Wednesday to President Rodrigo Duterte to look into his murder as well as the alleged corrup-tion in a state college in North Cotabato.
Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, health secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said his slain sibling was a “colla-teral damage” after another brother, Professor Harris Sinolinding, survived an ambush last year after he exposed corruption at the Cotabato Foundation Col-lege of Science and Tech-nology (CFCST) in Arakan, North Cotabato.
Dr. Jaja was shot dead by a gunman while he was attending to a patient inside his clinic at the second floor of the Cotabato Doctors’ Clinic, which is along along Sinsuat Avenue here, at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The gunman also shot dead Dr. Jaja’s armed security escort and fled casually amid the commo-tion.
Dr. Kadil said the family was dismayed and bothered to learn that the medical facility’s CCTV cameras failed to capture the events before and after the murder.
Dr. Kadil said he was told “that all other events inside the clinic were re-corded except the minutes or seconds before and after his 37-year-old bro-ther was killed at around 11:10 a.m..”
Senior Inspector Ale-xander de Pedro, police station 2 chief and city police spokesperson, ad-mitted the CCTV failed to capture the face or how the gunman entered the buil-ding and into the victim’s clinic.
The younger Sinolin-ding and his armed escort, Mohammad Esmael, both died on the spot after they were shot by the gunman who posed as a patient. The ophthalmologist was shot in the face while he was examining another patient.
De Pedro told repor-ters that it appeared the suspect or his accomplices had jammed the signal.
“That is why we sub-mitted the footages to the CIDG (Criminal Investiga-tion and Detection Group) for further investigation,” he said.
The doctor’s lady sec-retary, asking for anony-mity, said the suspect came to the office at about 11 a.m. and wanted to see Dr. Jaja, who was then atten-ding to a patient.
When told the clinic was no longer accepting patients since the cut-off time had lapsed, the suspect pulled his hand gun, barged inside and shot the doctor.
Dr. Kadil said his slain brother has no known enemies “but we have death threats so he sought for an armed security escort.”