STOP LUMAD KILLINGS // CPP/NPA’s on a Rampage against Civilians; Lumads
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City (DWDD) – The CPP/NPA stepped-up its attacks against civilians in Lumad communities since October up to this date in Bukidnon and Davao provinces.
On October 27, 2015, Datu Mariano Mankumbente, 63 years old, (Talaandig tribe), a resident of Sitio Balaudo. Brgy. St. Peter, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon was fired upon by NPA members led by certain Junie Tilucan alias Watiwit believed to be from section committee 89, of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee of the CPP/NPA.
Also wounded during the incident were Ryan Lipada 10, years old; and Jessa Himlayan 9 years old. It can also recalled that on October 3, 2015, Datu Manhadukan of the same tribe was shot to death by the same bandits in Ilian, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.
In the afternoon of November 10, 2015, more or less sixty (60) armed NPA members led by Danilo Rosete, Almira Rosete and certain alias Aldrin of guerilla front 54 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee of the CCP/NPA/NDF kidnapped eleven (11) residents of Sitio Baracayo, Brgy. Daliaon, Toril District, Davao City who were hauling materials for the water system project in Lipadas river of the same place. The said government project is funded by the 3rd district of Davao City where local residents are encouraged to work to earn a living.
The kidnapped victims were identified as Martin Cacanta; Felipe Daug; Dondon Cacanta; Paolo Daug; Kim Daug; O-ay Lopez; Marlon Marina; Salwin Ondoy; Nilo Gebaya; Dodoy; and Tisoy. According to the victims, the bandit group was armed with 2 machineguns, 2 AK-47 rifles, while the rest are equipped with M14 and M16 rifles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Reports said that there were 6 amazons (female NPA member) believed to be 15-16 years old and other fighters observed to be minors, who are involved in the said kidnapping incident.
“We were asked by the bandits about the whereabouts of a certain Datu Docris (tribal leader), and we just answered that we do not know. We were threatened by these people and we are worried of being killed. We are afraid now that these bandits were able to enter our peaceful village”, the kidnapped victims said.
Reports revealed that the kidnapped victims were brought by the bandits to a farm hut in the area and stayed overnight before they were released the following day at 12:00 noon with threats not to report the incident and their location to the PNP or the military.
“We were ordered to make lies to government authorities or security forces that we were only trapped and cannot cross the river due to heavy rains and high level of water”, the group said.
Brgy. Chairman Generoso Bacalso said that the families of the victims already reported the incident to Toril PNP station about the situation of their family member prior to the victim’s release.
“I received a phone call from certain alias Bobby, threatening us that there should be no military or CAFGU involved in the project”, Hon. Bacalso said. The local PNP is currently conducting its investigation prior to filing of criminal charges against the NPA bandit group.
The 84th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Louie DS Villanueva said that they will help the PNP in its law enforcement efforts. “This is another human rights violation committed by the CPP/NPA/NDF. Civilians and non-combatants should be protected at all times. Our soldiers will continue the conduct of security patrols to protect the villagers from NPA’s attacks, extortion, intimidation and deception activities”, Lt. Col. Villanueva said. PAO EASTMNCOM / MCAG