IP leader slain

Second Lumad who joined Davao IP Summit to be killed

Another Lumad leader who was a participant of the Indigenous People Leaders’ Summit in Davao City was killed by alleged New People’s Army rebels in Sitio Palo 10, Barangay Camp Edward, Alegria, Surigao del Norte at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 9.

Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, the civil- military operations (CMO) officer of the 402nd Infantry Brigade, identified the victim as Dakula Guillermo Tiambong, 58, the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of the Mamanwa Tribe in Alegria, Surigao del Norte.
Tiambong was reportedly shot to death in front of his family while attending to his farm at the mountains of Barangay Camp Edward, Alegria, Surigao del Norte.
Datu Tiambong represented the Mamanwa tribe during the three-day IP Summit in Davao where they met with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2018.
The victim’s daughter, Girlie, told police that his father had received death threats from the NPAs supposedly because of his advocacy on peace and development.
“My father had no quarrel with anybody, why was he killed?” Girlie said. “The NPA has trampled on the rights of the tribes to live peacefully.”
“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Dakula Guillermo Tiambong whose daughter is an active youth leader,” Lt. Col. Allen Raymund Tomas, commanding officer of 30th Infantry Battalion, said.
“We condemn the terrorist CPP-NPA for the unlawful act of murder to helpless IPs. This is again a clear violation of their human rights. With their crime committed, the full force of the law will be utilized to bring justice to the victim,” Brig. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 402nd Infantry Brigade commander, said.
On Feb. 4, unidentified armed men killed Datu Banadjao Mampaundag and son Jhonard around 4 a.m. in Sitio Igang, Barangay Palma Gil.
Mampaundag was one of the tribal leaders who signed a manifesto of support to the government’s peace effort in the IP Summit at the headquarters of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) in Panacan.
The double murder enraged the Talaingod Council of Elders so much that they considered declaring a pangayaw (revenge killing) on 30 of their tribal members whom they claimed are supporters of the NPA.
Datu Lumansad Sibugan of the Ata-Manuvu tribe said that the tribal chieftains already discussed the possibility of declaring the pangayaw to give justice for the deaths of the family.
“We are affected 100 percent by the killing of Datu Banadjao (Mampaundag) because of the CPP-NPA,” said Sibugan, who is also the presiding officer of the Talaingod Council of Elders.
By their count, the NPA already killed 14 tribal leaders.


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