A New People’s Army (NPA) spokesperson on Friday said it was the military-backed anticommunist lumad militiamen, not communist rebels, who shot dead three Higaonon tribesmen in a hinterland village in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, early Thursday.
Ka Omar Ibarra, spokesperson of the NPA’s Western Agusan del Norte unit, said the paramilitary group Bungkatol Liberation Front (BULIF), allegedly led by Higaonon chieftain Datu Bawang Eddie Ampyawan killed Alfredo Timaquin Sr., 61, and his two nephews, Paka Pinatugao, 47, and Pina Pinatugao, 48.
Ibarra said the murder of three tribal folk were carried out by the militias on suspicion of being supporters of the armed revolutionary movement.
The three have been missing since November 6 and were last seen at a Korean owned 50-hectare estate in Barangay Simbalan, whey they served as farm workers.
Their bullet-riddled bodies were found dumped in a ravine in Sitio Labong around 7:00 am on Thursday.
Ibarra urged the Duterte administration to disband and disarm the Bungkatol militia and
bring the perpetrators to justice. By CLC