KATUNGOD LUMAD ALERT
Another Lumad killed in Bukidnon
Cabanglasan, Bukidnon—Members of the Alamara paramilitary group, headed by Sammy Diwangan killed Ande Latuan, an Umayamnon, on July 6, 2017 at around 9:00 in the morning.
Latuan was on his way to the town proper of Cabanglasan, Bukidon from Sitio Miaray, Brgy. Mandahican, Cabaglasan aboard his motorcycle with one Alang Kaligunan to deliver sacks of corn for sale. But before Latuan and Kaligunan reached the town proper, just along Sitio Miaray and Mandahican, members of the Alamara, all of them armed, blocked their way. They were later identified to be Mako Santos, Arnel Diwangan, Bibing Diwangan, Madlit Dagasan and Dawan Mansaluon. Latuan and Kaligunan had no choice but to stop and alight from their motor vehicle.
Latuan told the armed bandits that should they intend to kill him, they should spare the woman (Kaligunan). As soon as he finished uttering his words, Mako Santos then fired two shots at Latuan, who died instantaneously.
The group then warned Kaligunan not to report the incident to whomsoever, otherwise, it would be her turn to die. Luckily, a few more motorcycles were coming their way, carrying sacks of corn for delivery to the town proper, causing the Alamara to flee. Latuan was then rushed to the nearest hospital for rescue. He was, however, declared dead on arrival.
Kaligunan took at least one week before she was able to relay what she saw to Diego Kaligunan, who in turn reported the matter to the local police.
A criminal case had already been filed against the five identified members of the paramilitary group in Malaybalay City.
Latuan was at least 30 years of age, and a member of the Pigyayungaan indigenous tribal association. Pigyayungaan has been actively seeking justice for the victims of Alamara, who were killed by the group upon the accusation that they were supporting or conniving with the rebel group, New People’s Army. Pigyayungaan has long maintained a position of protecting the ancestral lands of indigenous communities against destructive investments that are often backed by the Alamara, serving as investment security forces.
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