3 lumads killed in Agu­san Norte

The Philippine Star - - NATION - – Ben Ser­rano

BUTUAN CITY – Three mem­bers of the Hi­gaononManobo tribe were killed in Bue­nav­ista, Agu­san del Norte on Thurs­day.

The fa­tal­i­ties were iden­ti­fied as Al­fredo Ti­maquin Sr., 61, and Pira, 48, and Paka, 47, both sur­named Pi­natu­gao.

The New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) de­nied it had a hand in the killings and blamed them on per­son­nel of the Ci­ti­zen Armed Forces Geo­graph­i­cal Unit and 23rd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion.

Omar Ibarra, spokesman for NPA rebels in Agu­san and Butuan, claimed the mur­ders could be re­lated to the death of a mili­tia­man in Bue­nav­ista town ear­lier this week.

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