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Report on Lumad’s death questioned

DAVAO City — A tribal leader expressed anger over the police reports clearing militiamen in the killing of a Lumad student from Talaingod, Davao Del Norte last week.

Kerlan Fanagel, a B’laan leader of the progressive group Pasaka Confederation of Lumad Organizations described the police report as “absurd.”

Obillo Bay-ao, 19, was heading home from their farm when he was shot by alleged members of the military’s Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) on Sept. 5 in Sitio Dulyan, Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

The police and army denied the allegations that members of the Cafgu was behind Bay-ao’s death.

In a press conference here, Brig. Gen. Bienve-nido Datuin, assistant commander of the 10th Infantry Division claimed that they are certain that the suspect of the incident is “not a Cafgu member.”

But Fanagel said the killings of Lumad continue because of “red-tagging of Lumad areas.” (davaotoday.com)

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