Group: NPA kills lead­ers, stu­dent

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THE Min­danao Indige­nous Peo­ples Coun­cil of El­ders and Lead­ers re­ported that a to­tal of 12 deaths of indige­nous peo­ple (IP) who have been killed by New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) since early 2000 in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Ovu Manuvu tribe chair­man Datu Joel Unad said in a phone in­ter­view with SunS­tar Davao that 11 who were killed are lead­ers from dif­fer­ent tribes while the other was a stu­dent.

Unad said the tribal lead­ers were killed for not co­op­er­at­ing with the NPA. The tribe has its own set of rules and sys­tem; hence, the tribal lead­ers’ re­fusal to co­op­er­ate with the com­mu­nist rebel group.

He said be­cause of the tribe lead­ers’ re­fusal, the NPA has made al­le­ga­tions against them for com­mit­ting crimes like steal­ing just to have a rea­son to

kill them.

“Ang uban ana gi­na­p­atay lang nila di­retso bisan wala para ma­had­lok ang com­mu­nity (The oth­ers were just be­ing killed to scare the com­mu­nity),” Unad said.

Unad said for­mer Talaing of mayor Jose Libayao was one of the vic­tims of the NPA and killed in 2001. He is one of the 12 that was killed by mem­bers of NPAs. His wife, Bai Pi­lar Libayao, is the cur­rent Indige­nous Peo­ples Manda­tory Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (IPMR) in Talaingod.

“Akong bana mao na ang pinakadakong lider diri sa Talaingod han­tod karon walay hus­tisya (My hus­band was the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Talaingod and up un­til now, there is still no jus­tice),” Libayao said in a phone in­ter­view with Suns­tar Davao yes­ter­day.

She added the other 11 cases re­main un­solved un­til to­day.

Libayao will be send­ing a let­ter to the na­tional govern­ment that con­tains a list of peo­ple killed by the NPA in Talaingod.

Mean­while, Unad said around 1,000 tribal lead­ers have been killed by NPA since 1980 in Min­danao. (Suns­tar Philip­pines)

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