BUKIDNON, PHILIPPINES — On Tuesday, April 19, five persons were injured after gunshots were fired during a meeting between presidential candidate Leody de Guzman and Lumad farmers in Bukidnon, according to the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM).
PRO-10 spokesperson Lt. Col. Michelle Olaivar said BPPO (Bukidnon Police Provincial Office) was ordered to identify the gunman in Tuesday’s incident in Quezon town, which resulted in the injury of numerous people.
According to Olaivar, the individuals who opened fire on De Guzman’s group were “company guards” from an agricultural farm in the area.
De Guzman claimed that he and the senatorial bets were unharmed, but the farmers group organizer Nanie Abela, who was positioned next to him, and a Manobo-Pulangiyon tribe leader were grazed by bullets.
Salamat sa mga nag-alala. Ako po at sila kasamang Roy Cabonegro at David D’angelo ay ligtas.— Ka Leody de Guzman (@LeodyManggagawa) April 19, 2022
Ang tinamaan ay ang nasa tabi ko, si Nanie Abela, na organizer ng mga magsasaka sa Mindanao. Casualty rin ang isang lider ng tribong Manobo-Pulangiyon.
Police stated that De Guzman was in the area along with senatorial candidates Roy Cabonegro and David D’Angelo, to talk with tribal families who claim ownership of the pineapple farm.
“We received information that the guards made a warning shot as they (the camp of De Guzman and a group of Manobo-Pulangihon Indigenous People) entered the area that does not allegedly belong to them. For the alleged guards, we still need to identify them as that is the only information we received,” Olaivar said.
The wounded, including Abela, were taken to a hospital in Maramag, Bukidnon. Bae Charita Delsocorro, Datu Didlusan Arroyo, Orlando Lingaolingao, and Eger Dabatian were also injured, according to PLM-Mindanao coordinator Roldan Gonzales.
According to De Guzman’s camp, a group of 50 men opened fire on the presidential candidate’s group and Lumad farmers. They were at Sitio Kiantig, Barangay San Jose, on a property of more than 900 hectares allegedly administered by Quezon town Mayor Pablo Lorenzo III.
The Manobos claim that the land in Quezon City is part of their ancestral domain. – WhatALife!