Military leaders condemn NPAs for slaying tribal leader

IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, August 30 (PIA)—Military officials who have pegged significant wins in the fight against insurgency in Bukidnon condemn the desperate move of the Communist Party of the Philippines New People’s Army terrorists (CNTs) in blatant violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL). 

Brigadier General Eric C. Vinoya AFP, 403rd Infantry Brigade Commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division called on the CNTs for their dastardly act and gross violations of the provisions of the IHL and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), in murdering an innocent tribal leader here. 

Inadvertently showing their losing cause, CNT guerillas of the CPP-NPA, believed to be members of Section Committee 89, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, killed a 70-year old tribal leader in Dumalaguing village, Impasugong, Bukidnon. 

Authorities identified the victim as Benedicto Dinoy aka Datu Mantalasan, an Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative of Higaonon tribe.

Neighbors said, 10 armed men broke into Dinoy’s house around 9 PM and dragged him out to the wilderness August 13.

The residents then heard gunshots a few minutes later.

In the early morning of August 14th, the villagers found Dinoy’s bullet-riddled body in the wilds.

Joining in, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald M. Illana, Commanding Officer of the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion, aslo condemned the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNT) for this cowardly attack.

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“We condemn, in the strongest terms, this yet another dastardly act committed by the CPP-NPA Terrorists. Datu Mantalasan was never a military target and in no way was he taking part in the hostilities, yet, these terrorists slew him,” General Vinoya said in a public statement. 

The CPP-NPA has once again proven their true nature as terrorists and oppressors of the Lumads. They blatantly violated the provisions of International Humanitarian Law and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. They will be punished,” Brigadier General Vinoya added.

“We mourn for the loss of the Indigenous Peoples community leader. This act is a clear evidence that CNTs show no respect to the IP culture and unmindful of the people’s right to life. They do not value the lives of innocent civilians who have no participation in any conflict. By doing so, they also violated the International Humanitarian Law which protects civilians from harm regardless of race, religion, beliefs, and culture,” Lt. Col. Illana said. (Capt. Norman M. Tagros, CMO Officer, 403rd Inf Bde, 4ID, PA/PIA Bukidnon)

Source: PIA Feed