Camp Bancasi, Butuan City — The killing of a Manobo tribal leader Tuesday sparked an uproar from the military, and tribal communities, according to Fourth Infantry Division (4th ID) spokesperson Capt. Joe Patrick A. Martinez.
“The killing of Datu Randy Sandag Porogoy is a blatant execution and this is another Lumad killing purposely to sow threat and violence among the peace-loving Lumads and to the Filipino people as a whole,” Martinez said in a statement released to media Wednesday.
According to a police report, Datu Porogoy, who is a Manobo tribal leader in Agusan del Norte, was onboard his motorcycle Tuesday, and was on his way to Santiago town to visit the Manobo community Panlayan, when three unidentified men, also in a motorcycle, shot him three times in the back.
He died on the spot.
Lt. Col. Glenn Aynera, commanding officer of the 29th Infantry Battallion (29th IB) based in Agusan del Norte, tagged the New People’s Army (NPA) as the one behind the killing of Porogoy.
“We decry the terroristic act and brutality of the NPA bandits,” said Aynera.
However, in an interview with local newsmen, the guerilla-Front Committee 16 through their spokesperson, a certain “Ka Oto,” strongly denied the accusation the military’s accusation.
But according to Aynera, Porogoy strongly denounced NPA atrocities in the region and led his tribe in supporting government programs for peace and development, which could have earned the ire of the Communist insurgent group.
“The attack on Datu Porogoy was a clear and undeniable proof of the NPA’s human rights atrocities in Lumad communities and this is also a solid proof of the NPA’s continuing campaign to take control of our Lumads and anyone who gets in their way is killed in the process,” alleged the 29th IB commander.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Ronald Villanueva, chief of the 4th ID on Wednesday is urging the Filipino Nation to join in shout for justice and urge the Karapatan and other organizations who are calling for the end of Lumad killings to similarly condemn this dastardly act and denounce the NPA’s human rights violations.
(by Mike U. Crismundo, Source: news.mb.com.ph)