Kalinga po­lice height­ens se­cu­rity in Tinglayan

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KALINGA po­lice are now on alert as they try to avert pos­si­ble es­ca­la­tion of a tribal war fol­low­ing a shoot­ing in­ci­dent in Tinglayan on Au­gust 29.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice blotter, at around 3: 30 pm, a still uniden­ti­fied sus­pect shot Art Truth Ewad, 27 years old, sin­gle, farmer, mem­ber of Tinglayan tribe and res­i­dent of Am­bato, Le­g­leg, Pobla­cion, Tinglayan.

The vic­tim was rushed to the Tinglayan ru­ral health unit for ini­tial med­i­cal treat­ment but he was later re­ferred to the Bon­toc Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tion af­ter sus­tain­ing gun­shot wound.

Po­lice said the shoot­ing in­ci­dent is be­lieved to have re­sulted from a failed bound­ary dis­pute ne­go­ti­a­tion be­tween Tinglayan and Tul­gao tribes.

With the alert, mem­bers of the Kalinga Pro­vin­cial Pub­lic Safety Com­pany were de­ployed to Si­tio Maswa, Barangay Basao in Tinglyan to as­sist stu­dents who are mem­bers of Tinglayan tribe in go­ing home to Pobla­cion.

Tabuk po­lice also height­ened their alert in the area urg­ing res­i­dents who are

mem­bers of both tribes to re­main calm and avoid any fur­ther ac­tion that would es­ca­late a tribal war in the area.

In Pud­tol, Apayao, wid­ower Emil­iana Mar­i­ano Tuc­calay died while her 17-year old son was in­jured af­ter they were shot by their neigh­bor in barangay Mal­ibang, also on Au­gust 29.

Au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Ro­drigo Du­crao, 38 years old, sin­gle, farmer, also a res­i­dent of Mal­ibang, Pud­tol.

Ini­tial po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed the Tuc­calay’s son who was al­legedly armed with a bolo, went in the house of the sus­pect and tried to cre­ate trou­ble.

Her mother tried to pacify her son and the sus­pect from fur­ther en­gag­ing but Du­crao dis­charged his home­made shot­gun and hit the mother and son, in­flict­ing se­ri­ous in­juries on the dif­fer­ent parts of their bod­ies.

The mother and son were rushed to the Far North Gen­eral |Hos­pi­tal and Train­ing Cen­ter for med­i­cal treat­ment but the older Tuc­calay ex­pired while un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment while her son was still un­der­go­ing med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion due to the mul­ti­ple head and body in­juries. Rod­er­ick Osis

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