Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:06
Unidentified gunmen killed a 12-year-old son of a tribal leader and an anti-mining advocate in an ambush in Zamboanga del Sur on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
According to reports, the victim identified as Jordan Manda, a son of Timuay Locenio Manda, leader of the Subanen tribe, was shot in the back by around 5 armed men.
The incident took place at vicinity of barangays Matin-ao and Datagan in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur at around 7 a.m., where the older Manda also sustained gunshot wounds but survived the attack.
Police authorities said they were still investigating the inciden. The peace development team of the 53rd Infantry Battalion in Brgy Datagan secured the area and is conducting joint pursuit operations with the police.
It was learned from media reports that Manda led a group of Subanen chieftains in calling for a moratorium on all forms of mining in their claimed ancestral domains until they have secured their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) and Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP).
Manda is also leading an effort to strengthen and unify the efforts of the Subanens in the Central Zamboanga Peninsula to claim and protect their remaining ancestral domain.
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