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KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT:   2 Banwaon activists shot dead in Agusan Sur

Two active members of the Tagdumahan indigenous peoples’ organization were shot dead on August 12, 2016 in the municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

At around seven in the evening, in Barangay Balit, Jerry ‘Dandan’ Layola, 42 years old, went to answer a knock on his door. Upon opening it, he was immediately shot three times in the chest by an unidentified man who then left on a motorcycle.

On the same evening, roughly some minutes after Layola was killed, Jimmy Mapinsahan Barosa, a resident of Barangay Kasilayan, was also shot by an unidentified man. Barosa, 48 years old, was at a house in Barangay Baylo, intending to bring his wife to a hospital the following day, as she needed blood transfusion. He had just finished dinner and had come out to talk with some of his friends outside. The man, who had a bonnet over his entire head, shot him right through his back and left on a motorcycle. Barosa died on the spot.

Renel Manpinsahan, 19 years old, who was sitting with Jimmy, sustained a wound across his forehead, which fortunately was not fatal.

The Tagdumahan is an organization of the Banwaon people in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. The leaders and members of the organization had been targeted by the paramilitary group previously headed by the now deceased Mario Napongahan. Tagdumahan is active in campaigns to protect the ancestral lands of the Banwaon from logging and mining. They had also protested against the military operations conducting the Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) and the forced recruitment of the Banwaon as ‘peace volunteers’.

In 2014, Banwaon leader and Balit Barangay Captain Necasio Precioso was killed by members of the paramilitary group on his way to a municipality gathering. Precioso had been accused by the military of supporting the rebel group, New People’s Army. Until now, his killers have not been brought to justice.

EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN
to the Philippine Government by writing to:

H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
New Executive Building Malacanang Palace Compound
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
1005 Philippines
Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

Hon. Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa
Secretary, Department of Justice
Email: info@doj.gov.ph;communications@doj.gov.ph

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission On Human Rights
Telefax: 929-0102, 928-5655, 926-6188
E-mail:chairgascon.chr@gmail.com

Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
Tel: 373-97-87
Email:chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com

Hon. Democrito O. Plaza
Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur
Tel.: (085) 343-7144/343-7136/343-3750/
343-3751
Fax: (085) 343-7369/242-3801
E-mail:mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph

Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera
Mayor, Municipality of San Luis
T: 0916-5569870
Copy furnish your letters toinfo@rmp-nmr.org

For more information, contact us at:

Higala sa Lumad Network
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center for Interfaith Resources
0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde
9200 Iligan City, Philippines
T/F: +63 (63) 223 5179
E: info@rmp-nmr.org

Katungod Lumad Alert is published by the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ [Friends of the Lumad] Network.

‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network is a support group composed of a broad range of interfaith personalities/representative of organizations synergizing relevant capacities and resources for Lumad communities under attack. ‘Higala’ also serves as an informal monitoring network for Lumad human rights. ‘Higala’ has been established as a component of the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project.

Published with support from the European Union.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of RMP-NMR and ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT
2 Banwaon activists shot dead in Agusan Sur

Two active members of the Tagdumahan indigenous peoples’ organization were shot dead on August 12, 2016 in the municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

At around seven in the evening, in Barangay Balit, Jerry ‘Dandan’ Layola, 42 years old, went to answer a knock on his door. Upon opening it, he was immediately shot three times in the chest by an unidentified man who then left on a motorcycle.

On the same evening, roughly some minutes after Layola was killed, Jimmy Mapinsahan Barosa, a resident of Barangay Kasilayan, was also shot by an unidentified man. Barosa, 48 years old, was at a house in Barangay Baylo, intending to bring his wife to a hospital the following day, as she needed blood transfusion. He had just finished dinner and had come out to talk with some of his friends outside. The man, who had a bonnet over his entire head, shot him right through his back and left on a motorcycle. Barosa died on the spot.

Renel Manpinsahan, 19 years old, who was sitting with Jimmy, sustained a wound across his forehead, which fortunately was not fatal.

The Tagdumahan is an organization of the Banwaon people in San Luis, Agusan del Sur. The leaders and members of the organization had been targeted by the paramilitary group previously headed by the now deceased Mario Napongahan. Tagdumahan is active in campaigns to protect the ancestral lands of the Banwaon from logging and mining. They had also protested against the military operations conducting the Community Organizing for Peace and Development (COPD) and the forced recruitment of the Banwaon as ‘peace volunteers’.

In 2014, Banwaon leader and Balit Barangay Captain Necasio Precioso was killed by members of the paramilitary group on his way to a municipality gathering. Precioso had been accused by the military of supporting the rebel group, New People’s Army. Until now, his killers have not been brought to justice.

EXPRESS YOUR CONCERN
to the Philippine Government by writing to:

H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte
President, Republic of the Philippines
New Executive Building Malacanang Palace Compound
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
1005 Philippines
Tel: +6327356201/5641451 to 80

Hon. Alfredo Benjamin Sabater Caguioa
Secretary, Department of Justice
Email: info@doj.gov.ph;communications@doj.gov.ph

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission On Human Rights
Telefax: 929-0102, 928-5655, 926-6188
E-mail:chairgascon.chr@gmail.com

Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
Tel: 373-97-87
Email:chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com

Hon. Democrito O. Plaza
Governor, Province of Agusan del Sur
Tel.: (085) 343-7144/343-7136/343-3750/
343-3751
Fax: (085) 343-7369/242-3801
E-mail:mail@agusandelsur.gov.ph

Hon. Ronaldo Y. Corvera
Mayor, Municipality of San Luis
T: 0916-5569870
Copy furnish your letters toinfo@rmp-nmr.org

For more information, contact us at:

Higala sa Lumad Network
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center for Interfaith Resources
0016 Bougainvilla Puti, Villaverde
9200 Iligan City, Philippines
T/F: +63 (63) 223 5179
E: info@rmp-nmr.org

Katungod Lumad Alert is published by the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ [Friends of the Lumad] Network.

‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network is a support group composed of a broad range of interfaith personalities/representative of organizations synergizing relevant capacities and resources for Lumad communities under attack. ‘Higala’ also serves as an informal monitoring network for Lumad human rights. ‘Higala’ has been established as a component of the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project.

Published with support from the European Union.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of RMP-NMR and ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.