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Surigao tribe furious over NPA terrorists’ slay of IP leader

Lianga, Surigao del Sur – Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) kill Lianga Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR), Hawudon Jumar S Bucales, a staunch advocate of IP rights and a vocal critic of Bayan Muna Representative Eufemia Campos Cullamat in an ambush at sitio Mamprasanon, barangay Banahao, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on October 4 on his way home after an IP council meeting in the said barangay. Also killed were his companions, Alberto Dela Peña and Artemio Muldez.

Datu Jumar Bucales, as an IP leader, strongly condemned the NPA terrorists and its front organization, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) for exploiting IPs which, according to him, destroyed the culture and traditions of the tribe.

He also confronted the communist-linked IP schools, Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao Del Sur (TRIFPSS) and Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) which breed NPA cadres and terrorist fighters. He also revealed that these schools were the sources of logistical support from international and local funding agencies and were used as recruitment facilities.

Bucales’ leadership was instrumental as he crafting tribal resolutions to close CNT-linked TRIFPSS and ALCADEV, and replace them with DepEd accredited IP schools to provide quality education for their children. He also authored tribal and municipal resolutions for the continuous development of the far-flung conflict-affected sitios.

He anchored his initiatives with the Whole-Of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in Lianga which was strongly opposed by Bayan Muna Representative Cullamat, who is also a native of Lianga and brother of Communist NPA Terrorist leader, Pablito Sinzo Campos alias Batik.

Bucales, in some occasions, dared Representative Cullamat to help the IPs build DepEd accredited schools and to support the tribe by condemning the Communist NPA Terrorists and their atrocities but Cullamat took no action.

Lianga Tribal Chieftain, Datu Constancio Duhac and the whole IP community condemns in strongest terms the killing of their IPMR and have vowed to continue his vision towards saving the whole IP Community from being corrupted by the Communist NPA terrorists.

“We mourn for the death of our IPMR, Hawudon Jumar S. Bucales, and we condemn these NPA terrorists to include MAPASU. His death will not stop us from fighting for the rights of IPs. His death will not discourage us in fighting the NPAs, rather this will inspire and ignite us more to protect our tribe from them,” Duhac, said.

“Once again, we challenge Congresswoman Cullamat to take action and condemn the NPA terrorists because what happened is unacceptable. If she cannot do that, this will strongly prove that she is not supporting the genuine cause of the IPs but the cause of the NPA terrorists and the Communist Party of the Philippines whose ambition is to overthrow the government and gain political power through a bloody revolution, “ San Miguel IPMR, Rico Maca, said in his social media post.

Datu Jumar Bucales was also former NPA leader who returned to the folds of the law upon discovering that he and his tribesmen are being exploited by the Communist NPA Terrorists in their futile armed and political struggle by using IP issues to agitate and recruit IPs. From then on, Bucales vowed to help the government win the peace by countering the CNTs’ deceptive scheme and supporting the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

Meanwhile, the IP Tribal Council of Lianga will file human rights violation and criminal cases against NPA terrorists and their masterminds for violating the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Further, The IP leaders will continue to support the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) to put an end to the CNTs’ atrocities and abuses in the IP communities.
 

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