Government doctor killed; Governor orders probe

Dr. Avelex Amor

Ertswhile Canlaon district chief of hospital Dr. Avelex Amor, 43, single, was shot dead Tuesday morning in a quiet roadside in Basak , Canlaon just when the doctor stopped his car and alighted to relieve himself.

Gov. Roel Degamo, Dr. Amor’s direct boss in the provincial health front, ordered a probe on the doctor’s murder.

According to some members of the Canlaon district hospital staff, Dr. Amor was killed because of his advocacy to curb corruption within the district hospital.

Amor was designated by Gov. Degamo as chief of hospital in Canlaon last July only to be replaced by one Dr. Huplo and Dr. Dingal in just two months. Both have signified plans of resigning due to fear of reprisal.

LOVED BY PEOPLE

Dr. Amor was loved by both hospital staff and indigent patients.

It has come to light that he either used his own money or raised funds through loans to buy medicine for poor patients in Canlaon.

He preferred to be working among poor people in the mountains of Amio, Calumboyan, Siqiujor, Bindoy, and Canlaon.

He was also known as a wellness doctor in Dumaguete and an active South Rotarian member.

He was a former company physician of the EDC Development Corp. at the geothermal plants in Palinpinon.

The Rotarians recently donated hospital equipment to the Canlaon district hospital because of Dr. Amor’s dedication.

Dr. Amor declined various invitations to work as a doctor abroad despite his strong connections because he preferred to work with the poor.

HAPPY WITH THE POOR, wellness physician, Rotarian, Dr AVELEX AMOR is happy attending to poor patients at mountain hospitals despite his strong connections to work abroad. He was shot in Basak, Canlaon highway last Tuesday.

His inclination towards humanitarian work is largely influenced by his parents, environmental agriculturist Alex Junior and wife, Boots Amor. Both have continued to dedicate their lives to serve the masses. Jun Amor is the son of the late Silliman U journalism professor Atty. Alexander Amor and brother of Adlai Amor who is also an environmental journalist abroad. Alex Jr. and Boots have Apple as their only daughter.

They are all products of UP Dilliman and Los Baños. Dr. Amor, meanwhile, finished his pre-med in UP and graduated top of his class in Velez College Cebu Institute of Medicine.

NBI independent probers are zeroing in on those who disliked Amor’s advocacy of fighting corruption using government hospital funds.

Crime probers are looking at certain nurses allegedly linked in the fund mess and a possible involvement of a certain police officer.

Amor was said to have refused to certify the daily time records of those staff who collected salaries even if they were absent.

The income of the E.R. funds from P15,000 month before his assumption increased to P77,000 a month when Dr. Amor became chief of hospital. But he was reportedly relieved by his boss.

He was set to report before a grievance committee about certain hospital malpractices like using cheap and low quality medicine prompting him to buy better medication from his personal funds.

The doctor’s parents lamented that for 20 minutes no one dared to help their son. Some did stop but only to take photos. It was only until Dr. Amor’s assistant blocked the road and flagged a DPWH vehicle that they were able to transport the victim to the Guihulngan District Hospital where Dr. Amor was declared dead on arrival.

His remains now lie in state at his parents’ residence.