Another AFP abuse, source of trouble between two tribes

Ka Tipon Gil─ayab
Lejo Cawilan Command, NPA-Kalinga
February 21, 2013

The Lejo Cawilan Command, NPA─Kalinga condemns the shooting and killing by a member of the 21st IB PA of Abe Tinggangay, a civilian from Buscalan, Butbut, Kalinga and the wounding of Edwin Daligdig, also from Butbut. Abe was shot by Pcf Ringold Benedict Polittud Gomez inside the doctor’s office of the Kalinga Hospital in Lubuagan while the former was visiting his companion Edwin whose foot  was injured after the motorcycle they were riding was bumped by a 6x6 truck of the PA.

On Feb 1, 2003, two platoons of the 21st IB PA riding in two 6x6 trucks went to Tinglayan to launch a brutal operation there. They again used the medical mission as their excuse. At 11 o’clock in the evening, they were at Manangol, Mabilong speeding and because of their arrogance did not follow the lane which was the reason why the other truck hit the motorcyle Abe and Edwin were riding. Edwin being injured, was rushed to the Kalinga Hospital. Abe was worried so he followed Edwin to the hospital. When he was inside the doctor’s office, Pcf Gomez entered and shot Abe’s feet. Because the people inside the hospital were shocked and terrified, they fled and when they returned saw a bleeding Abe who could not be saved anymore due to loss of blood.

“Abe ran,” this was Pcf Gomez’s reason. What was Abe’s fault, if ever, and was it right to shoot and kill him? He was inside the hospital and there was the police who should arrest, if indeed he had committed an offense, and let due process take its course. This civilian was already hit by a truck, wounded, then killed. It speaks of the AFP’s terrorism and violent lawlessness.

This is the common practice of the AFP. They do not observe the laws of the government they belong to and they do not recognize human rights and due process if anyone commits an offense. With these practices, have they been punished? It is even the victims who are blamed. Where is justice for these victims? Where is punishment for the individual, unit and PA officials responsible for this kind of crime? This AFP practice has worsened as a result of the ongoing Oplan Bayanihan being implemented by the AFP and the government.

The AFP and the government are deaf and blind to these incidents. They instead blame and pass on the burden to the tribes of the victims and the perpetrator. The Bodong is rendered useless between two tribes and could even possibly be a source of tribal war.  Why put the burden of the AFP’s offenses on the tribes? The AFP must be accountable for these, they should be  castigated and meted punishment, not the tribe of the perpetrator. This is not legal and it is not the Bodong and the tribe’s teaching to kill; as it is the practice of the AFP not to respect human rights and tribal rights. Because it is what they teach and what they do, it is the AFP that should pay, not the tribe of the perpetrator.

If the AFP passes the blame on the tribe, thus evading responsibility, it is the tribe that bears the burden of the offense or wrongdoing. The bodong loses its significance and oftentimes is severed as it is not possible to integrate the laws of the bodong into government laws, worse, the AFP and the oppressive government do not recognize customary laws and tradition.

This incident is only one of the continuing violations of the government, the AFP─PNP─CAFGU of human rights  and rights of national minorities.  The oppression of national minorities like us is proven by the government’s and the capitalists’  grabbing of our ancestral lands and plunder of our resources. They have tainted our honor, and abused our culture.  They have destroyed our environment and are obliterating our race. This is the primary objective of the exploiting classes and their puppet government. They sow confusion among the people to easily divide them, sow terror so they can implement their objectives.

To the kakailians from Lubuagan and Butbut, we must carefully analyze what had happened, who was responsible and the reason for this. The tribe we come from do not wish this to happen. No tribe is at fault but the AFP. Because it is the AFP’s fault, the bodong between the two tribes must not be affected. What must be done is for the two tribes to help each other demand that the AFP, the individuals guilty, the unit and AFP officials be punished to attain justice. Let us work for the unity and strength of the two tribes to get justice from the government and the AFP. The tribes must avoid trouble so as not to be involved in the AFP’s misdeeds. Tribal wars must be avoided.

As your armed forces, we members of the New People’s Army led by the Communist Party of the Philippines uphold and defend the interest of the people, the rights of the national minorities and the democratic classes. Thus we are one with you in condemning and demanding justice for the victims of military abuses.

We mourn with you in the death of Abe Tingganangay and the wounding of Edwin Daligdig. Let us direct our sorrow in the pursuit of what is right and let us strive for the continuing strong unity of the poor classes so we can advance the people’s revolution, the armed struggle and achieve  true freedom, democracy and justice.

Ka Raya Bannawagan


Maysa manen nga abuso ti AFP, gapuanan ti riribuk iti baet ti dua a tribu !

Ka Tipon Gil-ayab
Lejo Cawilan Command, NPA-Kalinga
Maika-21 ti Pebrero,  2013

Konkondenaen ti Lejo Cawilan Command, NPA-Kalinga, ti panagpatay babaen ti panangpaltog ti maysa a miembro ti 21st IB PA kenni Abe Tiggangay, maysa a sibilyan nga taga-Buscalan, Butbut, Tinglayan, Kalinga ken ti pannakasugat ni Edwin Daligdig nga y-Butbut met laeng.  Ni Abe ket pinaltogan ni Pfc Ringold Benedict Polittud Gomez iti uneg ti opisina ti maysa a doktora iti Kalinga District Hospital iti Lubuagan, kabayatan a mapan na kitaen ti kadwa na nga ni Edwin Daligdig, a nasugatan ti saka na idi dinungpar ti 6x6 truck a lugan ti Philppine Army ti nagluganan da a motorsiklo.

Idi February 1, 2013, dua a platoon ti 21st IB, PA a mapan iti maysa manen a narungsot nga operasyon  ti naglugan iti 2 a 6x6 a truck ti nagturong iti Tinglayan.  Inusar da manen ti “medical mission” kas rason iti daytoy a panggep da.  Alas onse ti rabii ket adda da iti Manangol, Mabilong erya, napardas ti taray ti luglugan ken saan da a sinurot ti lane da iti dalan, isunga nasagid ti naudi a 6x6 a truck ti motorsiklo a nagluganan da Abe Tiggangay ken Edwin Daligdig, a nakasugatan ni Edwin iti saka ken intaray da iti Kalinga District Hospital. Gapu iti danag ni Abe ket sinurot na ni Edwin idiay Kalinga District Hospital.  Idi adda isuna iti uneg ti opisina ti doktora iti Kalinga District Hospital, simmrek ni Pfc. Benedict Polittud Gomez ket pinaltogan na ni Abe, a natamaan ti saka na ken simmalpot iti bangir a saka.  Nagtataray dagiti nakigtot nga tattao sadiay ospital ket idi nagsubli da, nadanunan da ni Abe nga daradara a saanen a naisalbar gapu iti pannakaibos ti dara.

“Tumaray ni Abe”,  daytoy  ti rason ni Pfc. Benedict Polittud.  Anya ngamin ti basol na ken nu adda man ket rumbeng kadi a paltogan ken patayen isuna?  Addamet dagiti pulis nga rumbeng nga mangtiliw kaniada, nu adda basaran.  Da Abe Tiggangay ken Edwin Daligdig ket nadungpar, nasugatan ken pinatay ti soldado ti 21st IB.  Nalawag a sobra a kinaranggas ken awan sursuroten nga linteg ken annuroten ti AFP.

Daytoy ti kadawyan nga ar-aramiden ti AFP, saan da a suroten dagiti paglintegan, awan ti panagbigbig da kadagiti karbengan kas tao, ken saan da a suruten dagiti rumbeng a proseso (due process) nu adda man ti nagbasol.  Kadagitoy nga araramiden da, gagangay nga saan da nga madusa ken gagangay nga ti mapabasol pay ket ti biktima.  Ilaslastog ti AFP nga itandudo da ti linteg, bigbigen da ti karbengan ti tao, ken madusa dagiti nagbiddut nga pwersa ken opisyal da; ngem ti kinaagpayso na sarsuela wenno pammarang laeng dagitoy ta iti aktwal maiyalis wenno mai-promote da pay.  Ti berdugo a ni Gen. Palparan ket saan nga matiltiliw gaputa isaksakit ken iduldulin mismo ti AFP ken PNP isuna.  Ti kastoy nga aramid ti AFP ket mas kumarkaro gapu iti Oplan Bayanihan nga ipatpatungpal ti AFP ken ti reaksyunaryo a gobierno.

Tuleng ken bulag ti AFP ken ti gobierno kadagitoy a paspasamak. Ti resulta dagitoy nga aramiden  ket ipasa da  kadagiti tribu a naggapuan ti natay ken pimmatay ti pimmabasol ken panangibales. Naburak ketdi ti Bodong iti baet ti dua a tribu ken possible a pagtaudan ti tribal war.  Napasamak ti pannakadungpar ken pammapatay idi panawen ti maysa nga operasyon ti 21st IB, isunga rumbeng laeng nga isuda ti sumungbat kadagiti maseknan nga pamilya ken tribu.  Apay a maipasa kadagiti dua a tribu ti aramid dagiti adda iti AFP ?!  Ti AFP ti akin aramid kadagitoy, isuda ti rumbeng a masingir ken madusa!  Saan a nainkalintegan daytoy ken saan met a ti Bodong  ken tribu ti nangisuro iti pimmatay nu di ket isu ti aramid ti AFP, ti saan da a panagbigbig iti karbengan ti tao, ti tribu.

Nu maipasa iti tribu ti aramid ti AFP mapunas ti kinapateg ti bodong ken kanayun a mapugsat gaputa saan met a mabalin nga ipauneg iti pagta ti bodong ti linteg ti gobierno, ken saan metten a bigbigen ti AFP ken ti reaksyunaryo a gobierno dagiti nainsigudan nga ugali ken paglintegan.

Daytoy a pasamak ket maysa laeng kadagiti agtultuloy a panaglabsing ti reaksyunaryo nga gobierno ken ti AFP-PNP-CAFGU kadagiti karbengan kas tao ken ti karbengan kas nailian a minorya.  Ti panangidadanes dagiti dadakkel a kapitalista a kakumplot ti reaksyunaryo a gobierno kada tayo a nailian a minorya ket mas makita iti panang-agaw ti ansestral a daga, panagtakaw ti kinabaknang ti ili, panangirurumen iti dayaw, ken panangdadael iti kultura ken ti aglawlaw.  Amin dagitoy ket agturong ti etnosidyo, wenno pannakapukaw ti insigudan nga puli ti umili. Guloen da ti umili tapno nalaka nga allilawen, ranggasan ken maipatungpal ti panggep da.

Dagiti kakailian a taga Lubuagan ken Butbut ket rumbeng nga amirisen da nga husto ti pasamak , ti akin aramid ken makagapu kadagitoy.  Saan a basol ken awan ti responsibilidad ti nagsinnumbangir a tribu, nu di ket basol ti AFP.  Saan a rumbeng a maapektaran ti bodong iti nagbaetan ti dua a tribu.  Ti rumbeng nga aramiden ketdi ket agtinnulong ti dua a tribu tapno singiren ti AFP, dagiti indibidwal nga akin aramid, ken dagiti opisyales ti 21st IB kas command responsibility.  Aramaten tayo ti panagkaykaysa ken pigsa ti dua a tribu tapno ilaban ti hustisya iti reaksyunaryo nga gobierno ken ti AFP.  Lisiyan a ti dua a tribu ti mariribok ken agsagaba iti aramid ti AFP.   Liklikan ti tribal war.

Kas armado nga pwersa yo, dakami iti NPA ken iti Partido Komunista ti Pilipinas ket itantandudo ken salsalakniban ti interes ti umili, ti karbengan dagiti nailian a minorya ken dagiti mamaidadnes ken magungundawayan a dasdasig.  Isunga makikaykaysa kami a mangkondenar ken mangsingir iti hustisya para kadagiti biktima ti maysa a ranggas-militar.

Makipagladingit kami iti ipapatay ni Abe Tigganangay ken pannakasugat ni Edwin Daligdig. Iturong tayo ti ladingit tayo iti husto a kaipapanan ken agpursigi tayo a mangitultuloy ti nairut a panagkaykaysa dagiti magungundawayan a dasdasig  tapno maiyabante ti nailian-demoratiko a rebolusyon tapno magun-od ti pudno a wayawaya, demokrasya ken hustisya.

Ka Raya Bannawagan