Talaigod tribal leaders to hold rally today

TRIBAL leaders from the different barangays of Talaingod, Davao del Norte will hold a protest rally today to seek justice for the murder of Datu Banadjao Mampaundag and son Jhonard on Sunday.

Capt. Edson Abello, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 1001st Infantry Brigade, told TIMES yesterday that at least 200 Lumad leaders of Talaingod will gather at the town hall to express their indignation against the New People’s Army (NPA) for liquidating the Langilang-Mananobo tribe leader and his son.

From the municipal hall, the protesters will march to the tribal house and will end at the town gymnasium.

Mampaundag and his son were killed by alleged communist rebels who posed as military soldiers at their house in Sitio Igang, Barangay Palma Gil in Talaingod at 4 a.m. Sunday.

The murder came just days after Mampaundag signed a manifesto of support to the government’s peace effort together with other tribal leaders during the Indigenous People Leaders’ Summit held on Feb. 1-2 at Camp Felix Apolinario, the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), in Panacan.

The military said the NPA could have killed the tribal leader for signing the commitment to stay away from the communist insurgents.

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