Philippines: Lumad leader killed in Surigao del Norte
December 4, 2018, 10:49 am

ANOTHER Lumad leader was allegedly killed by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Alegria town, Surigao del Norte on Friday, February 9, just a week after a tribal was gunned down by members of the communist group in Davao del Norte.

In a statement, Captain Al Anthony Pueblas, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of the 402 Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, said Dakula Guillermo Tiambong, 58, a farmer and a tribal leader, was shot to death in front of his family while in his farm at the mountains in Sitio Palo 10, Barangay Camp Edward, Alegria, at 2:30 p.m.

Tiambong is an officer of the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of the Mamanwa Tribe in Alegria.

According to the victim’s daughter, Girlie, his father had previously received death threats from the NPAs for being an active advocate on peace and development in their community.

“Walay sala ang akong amahan nganong ila man kining gipatay? Giyatakan sa mga NPA ang katungod namong mga tribu nga magpuyong malinawon (Why did they kill my father? The NPA have stepped on our rights as Indigenous Peoples (IP) to live peacefully)” Girlie said.

Lieutenant Colonel Allen Raymund Tomas, Commanding Officer of 30th Infantry Battalion, condemned the recent atrocity perpetrated by the NPA and expressed his sympathy to the bereaved family.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Dakula Guillermo Tiambong whose daughter is an active youth leader,” Tomas said.

The slain tribal leader attended the three-day IP summit dubbed as “Panagtagbo Alang sa Kalinawug Kalambuan” at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City wherein they met President Rodrigo Duterte and had a dialogue regarding their issues and concerns in the community.

“Datu Tiambong is the voice of the Mamanwa tribe during the three-day IP Summit in Davao where President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met them last January 30 to 31 and February 1, 2018,” he said.