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Surigao Tribes Light Candles For Victims Of NPA Terrorists’ IP Killings

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Eastern Mindanao Command –   Manobo tribes ended the October Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) month and observed All Souls’ Day in a candle lighting rally against Communist NPA Terrorists’ barbaric killings of innocent IP leaders and members. The rally was Mindanao Cheld at Brgy. St. Christine, Lianga on October 31.

In a report, by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), about twelve (12) IP leaders and members were killed since March this year. The latest is Lianga IP Mandatory Representative, Hawudon Jumar S. Bucales (Datu Nahikyad) and 2 others who were ambushed in October 4 on their way home after an IP Council meeting in Lianga.

The tribal council of Lianga recently reported that Communist NPA terrorists in Surigao sent them death threats because they allowed the construction of the DepEd IP Schools of Living Tradition to replace the NPA-linked schools of Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) in the hinterlands of Lianga and Marihatag towns.

“Ang aming mga tribal leaders na walang ibang gusto kundi makapagbigay ng kalidad na edukasyon sa mga IP gaya ni Datu Jumar Bucales ay gusto nilang patayin. Ganunpaman, hindi kami matatakot at ipagpapatuloy namin ang mga isinusulong na programa ni Datu Jumar Bucales para umunlad ang tribo sa Lianga,” Datu Constancio Duhac, Lianga Tribal Chieftain, said.

On October 31, KASALO CARAGA, a group revealed by tribes as an NPA Terrorist supporter, posted a fake news in their Facebook page accusing the military of abuses which was disproved by the tribal leaders outright.

“Ang totoong nagmimilitarisa sa tribo ay hindi ang Army, kundi ang mga sinungaling at teroristang NPA na sapilitang nirerekrut ang kabataang tribo para maging NPA o milisya ng bayan. Sila ay nagsisinungaling sapagkat ang gusto lamang nilang paalisin ang Army na  tumutulong sa amin sa pamamagitan ng Community Support Program (CSP),” Datu Rico Maca, San Miguel IPMR, said.

The NPA terrorists proudly owned the killings of Datu Bucales and other members, in the statements of a certain Sandara Sidlakan who claims to be the NPA spokesperson in CARAGA.

“Hindi na umuubra ang propaganda ng mga kaalyado ng NPA gaya ng Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), Kahugpungan ng Mag-uuma sa Surigao del Sur (KAMASS), KASALO CARAGA, Karapatan CARAGA, Save our Schools Network at iba pa kaya ang gingawa ng mga terorista ay pananakot at pag-atake sa mga walang laban na IP na ayaw na sakanila, “Datu Constancio Duhac, added.

Communist NPA Terrorists and their front organizations are declared persona-non-grata in the whole province of Surigao del Sur to include all its municipalities, city, and barangays.

Surigao Sur Provincial government, NCIP, local chief executives and sectoral groups have earlier declared statements of condemnations against the NPA Terrorists’ brutal killings of the IPs and supported the passage of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and the National Task Force-Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)

The provincial government and the military’s doors are still open for those who would like to peacefully surrender and lay down their arms and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). First batch of former rebels were awarded with E-CLIP benefits last September.

Meanwhile The Communist Party of the Philippines, New Peoples’ Army and National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) has been declared in the country as a terrorist group through Proclamation 374 s. 2017 while other countries like the US, New Zealand, UK, Australia, the European Union have also declared them as terrorist organizations. (Eastern Mindanao Command | OIC Michael Manguhig, RPN DXKT Davao)

 

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