From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jul 27): ATROCITIES | Another Lumad Murdered by CPP-NPA Terrorist in Surigao del Sur
TAGO, Surigao del Sur (DWDD) – Another Lumad, a Bagani in his tribe, was murdered by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) – New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorist (CNT) in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur on July 26, 2018.
The hapless victim was identified as Nestor Hedi Trinidad, male, married, 49 years old and a resident of Sitio Libas, Brgy Sibahay, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.
He was mercilessly shot several times by more or less five (5) armed men believed to be CPP-NPA Terrorist members belonging to the Platoon Uno, Guerilla Front 30, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) under alias Nicko.
“Trinidad is a Bagani in his Mamanwa tribe and a former CAFGU assigned in Pantukan, Carrascal, SDS. As a Bagani, he is considered a cultural guard in his tribe and tasked to protect the lives, ancestral domains and property of the tribes under the Indigenous Political Structure led by a chieftain. He has no known enemies but before the incident, he confided to me that he was visited few times by the NPAs and asking him to go with them but he refused to do so”, said by Datu Engwan Ala, Municipal Tribal Chieftain of Municipality of Carrascal wherein Trinidad belongs as a Bagani as he serve in the Office of Municipal Tribal Office and his wife’s roots in the said municipality.
The tragic demise of Nestor Trinidad left his four (4) children orphaned and widowed by his wife, Daylinda P Trinidad from municipality of Carrascal this province.
He suffered eight (8) gunshot wounds on different parts of his body that resulted to his instantaneous death. Perpetrators fled towards the mountainous portion of the said barangay.
Since the start of the Development Support and Security Plan campaign of President Duterte, a total of five (5) murder and one (1) abduction were perpetrated by the CNTs against lumads.
Those killed and abducted has a common denominator as staunch protector and advocate in advancing the genuine interest of their tribes against exploitation and abuses from CNTs and Left Leaning Organizations in the aspect of IP education and self-determination.
The murder of Trinidad and other atrocities by the CNTs attacking lumads and other communities is an outright violation under the Republic Act 9851 or the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) which is enacted and crafted to protect non-combatants and innocent civilians from any conflict between states and between state and non-state actor.
Lt Col Xerxes A Trinidad PA, Commanding Officer of 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion in his statement, “We offer our sincerest condolences to the bereaved family. Again, this merciless attack against lumads indicates that their clout is waning and they instill fear to regain support and strength from their mass base. We will press the fight, their strategy to divide our attention thru the desperate killings of innocent and peace loving lumads is an indicative of a sick and dying organization”.
Today, Friday, July 27, 2018, an IP Crisis Committee (IPCC) led by Datu Jimmy Guinsod, IP mandatory representative of Surigao del Sur met with the 36IB and PNP at the Provincial Capitol of Surigao del Sur to address the issues and concerns of the series of attacks against Lumads by the CPP-NPA Terrorist. The cadaver of the victim was immediately brought to Madrid District Hospital for Post Mortem Examination. 36IB Valor / MCAG