Davao City mayor asks Army to stop tribal wars

Subscribe Now September 15, 2010 at 10:22pm

Mayor Sarah Duterte has asked the Philippine Army to step up efforts in securing villages in Paquibato district here to prevent more bloodshed from happening.

Duterte called for an investigation into the killings.

Reports indicated that the killings—targeting settlers in Paquibato district—were the handiwork of lumad residents of nearby Bukidnon. Dangkay died in an ambush by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on August 6.

Reports said that followers of Dangkay vented their ire on residents of Barangay (village) Colosas, where the ambush took place.

On August 12, two residents of Colosas were attacked by suspected followers of Dangkay.

One of them died while another managed to escape.

“Whatever happens to the people in the area will now be the responsibility of the military,” Duterte told reporters here on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Aniano Orap-Orap, commander of the Army’s 69th Infantry Battalion, said they have taken steps to prevent more bloodshed in Paquibato, a known lair of the NPA.

Orap-orap said soldiers were deployed to as far as Sitio (sub-village) Panaga, which borders Davao and Bukidnon.

He said negotiations between village officials of Colosas and relatives of Dangkay also started to ease the tension in Paquibato.

The human rights monitor Barug Katungod Mindanao blamed the military for arming lumad residents.

Barug also said the pangayaw might have been a military ploy to pit the lumad residents against the NPA.

Most of those involved in the pangayaw, according to Barug, belong to the Alsa Lumad, a paramilitary group organized by Brigadier General Eduardo del Rosario, commander of the Army’s 1003rd Infantry Brigade.

Del Rosario has admitted organizing the lumad residents against the NPA but he denied instigating the pangayaw.

Source: inquirer.net

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