A Manobo tribal leader in Talaingod, Davao del Norte said the death of Grade 3 Salugpongan student Alibando Tingkas last Sunday was the result of tribal war or “pangayao”.
Tribal Leader Datu Lumansad Sibugan said Tingkas became a victim of the conflict between Donato Salangani and members of New People’s Army (NPA) from the other tribe.
Donato Salanganin was believed to have ambushed by the NPA. Tingkas was killed as a revenge for the death of Salangani.
Sibugan also added that no military or paramilitary involved in the incident.
“Katong nagpatay sa bata nga si Tingkas, walay Alamara nga anaa sa bukid sa pagkahitabo sa pagpatay sa bata kay panahon karon sa gunban. Walay oppression karon sa military,” said Sibugan.
(There was no Alamara in the mountains during the killing of Tingkas because it is gunban period. There is military oppression as of the moment.)
103rd Brigade Commander Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno confirmed the statements of Sibugan.
In a press conference, Nepomuceno said Tingkas was a “collateral damage of the tribal war instigated by the killing of Donato (Salanganin)”.
“Upon consultation with the datus and the Municipal Tribal Council, it turned out na yun ngang second incident na killing of Alibando Tingkas is an offshoot of an earlier incident. Nung namatay si Donato Salanggani na kasama niya yung wife niya when he was ambushed by the NPA,” said Nepomuceno.
(Upon consultation with the datus and the Municipal Tribal Council, it turned out that the killing of Alibando Tingkas is an offshoot of an earlier incident. Donato Salangani was with his wife when he was ambushed by the NPA.)
“Si Donato kasi was killed or murdered by the NPAs coming from the other tribe. So gumanti lang yung mga kasama ni Donato and unfortunately, ang first nakita nila eh yung bata,” added Nepomuceno.
(Donato was killed or murdered by the NPAs coming from the other tribe so the company of Donato took revenge and unfortunately, the child was the first one they saw.)
He said that the members of the military was intact in their camps when the incident happened.
“When that incident happened, nag-account kami ng CAFGU (Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit) natin, nag-account kami ng sundalo and nobody was accounted for,” he said.
Currently, the gun that killed the 15-year-old Tingkas is yet to be identified.
Sibugan said they are not authorized to high-powered arms during tribal wars.
He added that the Council of Elders will initiate a negotiation between Salanganin’s family and the camp of the Lumad believed to be members of the NPA.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Killed Lumad child is tribal war victim, says tribal chief, January 21, 2016