[Press Release] B’laan family in Tampakan massacred allegedly by 27th Infantry Battalion -ATM

B’laan family in Tampakan massacred allegedly by 27th Infantry Battalion
Anti-mining groups condemn growing number of killings

Quezon city—Groups condemn the murder of the family of an anti-mining B’laan tribal leader early this morning in Bong Mal, South Cotabato.

Alyansa Tigil Mina received reports that between 6:00-6:30 in the morning soldiers under the command of Col. Alexis Bravo of the 27th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army raided the house of Daguil Capion. Minutes later, it was learned that Juvy Capion, 27, Pop Capion, 13, John, 8 were killed during the raid. Daguil is now in critical condition.

“We strongly condemn this barbaric and treacherous act of the military, against Daguil and his family. It was well known that he is not a rebel, not a member or supporter of either the communist insurgents or the Muslim rebel groups. He is a B’laan warrior tasked by his clan to protect the ancestral domains. In this case, the most obvious threat against their domain right now is the Tampakan Mining Project of SMI,” said ATM national coordinator Jaybee Garganera.

Daguil is accused in the 2010 ambush of three construction workers of Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI).

Reports also revealed that Col. Alexis Noel Bravo of the 27th Infantry Battalion admitted they raided the house of Capion.

“We denounce this gross violation of human rights and unnecessary loss of lives and call on the government and the Commission on Human Rights to immediately investigate these killings and bring the perpetrators to justice. We call on the P’noy administration to also pull-out the military not only in Tampakan but in all mining-affected communities,” said Max de Mesa, chairperson of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates.

The Bong Mal community is known to oppose the proposed Tampakan Copper-Gold Project and series of human rights violations were documented before this incident happened.

Yesterday, groups commemorated the anniversary of the killing of Fr. Pops Tentorio, an IP advocate in Mindanao. A few weeks back, Jordan Manda, 11 year-old Subanen, was also a victim of extra-judicial killings. Jordan was with his father, Timuay (chieftain) Lucenio Manda, when unidentified men shot at them—killing Jordan on the spot. Both Fr. Pops and Manda are known advocates of IP rights and the defense of ancestral domains.

Alyansa Tigil Mina is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and passage of the AMMB. (30)

For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, nc@alyansatigilmina.net, 09277617602
Farah Sevilla, Policy Research and Advocacy Officer, policy@alyansatigilmina.net, 0915-3313361

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