[Appeal] Statement of Appeal to Conduct Investigation on the recent massacre in Kabacan, North Cotabato the twin blast bombing in the town of Jolo, Sulu and also the spate killings in the IP communities -ALTAHR

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Statement of Appeal to Conduct Investigation on the recent massacre in Kabacan, North Cotabato the twin blast bombing in the town of Jolo, Sulu and also the spate killings in the IP communities.


The Alliance of Tri-people for the Advancement of Human Rights is alarmed in the brutal massacre of the 9 innocent Bangsamoro people using the high powered long guns midday in the provincial road of Kabacan, North Cotabato among the victims are Kors Salilangan, Sandigan Zailon, Binladin Dimanalao, Musaid Jaiden, Romeo Balatamay, Katindig Kagayawon, Fahad Mandigan, Budsal Lipusan and Tong Guiaman all are Muslims. The kind of violent attack, again remind to all the Bangsamoro people during the dark period of Marcos era, which is many massacres and besieged of defenseless occurred in Bangsamoro homeland. According to the police report later disclosed that there was no firefight as the victim were allegedly gunned down along the road outside the campus of University of Southern Mindanao.

Over the past day twin blast including a suicide bombing killed almost 15 people and wounded 75 others mostly civilians, based on the PNP report the first blast was happened around noon on Monday August 24, 2020, when a homemade bomb in a motorcycle was triggered close to the two parked army trucks killings soldiers and civilians.

In conjunction with the bombing attack in the town of Jolo a lady leader of an Indigenous Peoples (IP) community in Magpet, North Cotabato was attacked by almost four men while heading for her farm with her daughter, when shot from behind by one of the suspect. As she fell another suspects finish her using a machete. The victim is Merlinda Ansabu Celis known as advocate of IP rights.

The tri-people of Mindanao the Bangsamoro, Migrants, and IP’s deserve better than to live in fear of the rampant violence and brutality just outside their homes.

We urge Bangsamoro Government to conduct independent investigation and the National Government to properly investigate and take active measures towards putting a stop to these rampant killings and finding the perpetrators, innocent lives do not deserved to be killed brutally . As a human Rights Organization that promotes human rights. The constitution guarantee our rights as it stated on the Article III bill of Rights section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. The Alliance of the Tri-people for the Advancement of human Rights (ALTAHR) strongly condemns the tragic incidents of the Kabacan Massacre, Jolo Bombing and the killings of lady IP leader throughout Mindanao.

Our prayers and sympathy are with the families of the victims.

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