Sunday, August 22, 2010

10th ID-AFP's B/Gen. del Rosario resuscitates failed 'Alsa' Lumad in Davao City; sows terror among Davao villagers anew-NDF

10th ID-AFP's B/Gen. del Rosario resuscitates failed 'Alsa' Lumad in Davao City; sows terror among Davao villagers anew

Ka Parago, 1st Pulang Bagani Company
Merardo Arce Command, NPA - Sounthern Mindanao
August 18, 2010

B/Gen. Eduardo del Rosario of the 10th Infantry Division-AFP resuscitates the failed 'Alsa' Lumad campaign in its proxy war against the revolutionary movement, plans to sow terror among indigenous peoples and non-Lumad settlers in Davao hinterlands, and is bent in arming the Lumads through his trusted henchman, 'Datu' Ruben Labawan. The AFP-backed 'pangayaw' (tribal vendetta) launched anew has already killed civilian Julius Tamondes, the first victim of this savagery as the city prepares for the annual Kadayawan festival.

At around 10 am, August 12, two farmers were strafed in Saladiyoy, Monteflor, Barangay Colosas, Paquibato District by assailants armed with Garand rifles. Farmers Angelino Gentorales and Julius Tamondes were about to gather their farm animals in preparation for evacuation to the village center. They feared for their safety after Labawan's group announced the impending "pangayaw." Tamondes was killed on the spot while Gentorales was able to elude the Task Force Gantangan Bagani goons. The 1003rd Brigade-AFP troops which del Rosario heads who were at the area conducting combat operations did not respond to the shooting incident.

The livelihood of the people in Paquibato is vastly affected as they were forced to evacuate to the district center. Children were not able to attend their classes. This scenario is no different from the past when the AFP-backed Alamara and lumad bandits declared 'pangayaw' and killed civilians in cold-blood.

* On June 16, 2005, mother and son Elena and Boboy Balansag were killed by Kumander Dante Lumuyod, Erning Lumuyod and Datu Isaac Laydan in Sitio Quarry, Barangay Malinawon in Malabog;

* On February 24, 2007, Datu Nonoy Dagsil, Datu Camid Lapindoy and Datu Mongkay Matunda hacked to death couple Felimon and Trencia Quirante in Sitio Banban, Barangay Lumiad;

* On April 2007, Datu Intoy Baguio and Datu Camid Lapindoy massacred the Gonzaga family in Sitio Sled, Barangay Dalagdag in Calinan.

Under a bogus tribal ceremony in early 2000s, del Rosario was baptised Datu Limbuttong (defender). He then declared that Paquibato would be NPA-free by the year 2005 using the 'Alsa' lumad psywar concept -- pitting lumad against lumad and non-Lumad settlers in the AFP's counter revolutionary war. The proxy war has not only failed to decimate the revolutionary movement, it has also exposed Labawan and his cohorts, as well as the military and del Rosario's devious scheme, earning the ire of peasant folks in Paquibato and in other Davao hinterlands and boundary areas in adjacent provinces.

Now, del Rosario is rehashing the failed Alsa Lumad, in a patent attempt to again quell people's resistance, in this case, in Davao hinterlands. Labawan's 'pangayaw' is part of the AFP's Task Force Gantangan which aims to contain the people in their communities, organize them into the so-called Integrated Tribal Defense Force also known as the Cafgu/Alamara, an anti-Communist vigilante group, and to organize them as part of the Oplan Bantay Laya's Barangay Defense System.

Gen. del Rosario supplies high-powered rifles, logistics, military equipment and food supply, among others, to the AFP's 'Bagani' warriors and lumad liquidation squad led by Datu Labawan and Datu Arthur Ali. The military provides arms to the lumads, and has enlisted and trained even lumad minors to be Cafgus in sitio Damilag, Barangay Mapula from May to July this year. Last April, the military has launched a psywar 'information and education' drive for 'Alsa' Lumad in the districts of Paquibato, Calinan, Marilog and Baguio. It dispersed its 168-armed lumads in the 12 patrol bases within the district of Paquibato.

'Pangayaw' has been the convenient pretext to legitimize fascist repression among the people in Paquibato, Davao City. Datu Limbuttong, a.k.a. B/Gen. del Rosario has employed corrupted Lumad tribal dealers in order to divide the Lumad people and the Visayan settlers. Labawan's concept of tribal justice as inspired by his mentor Datu Limbuttong is a mockery of the genuine tradition of the Lumads. Labawan and the AFP have merely institutionalized a corrupt and twisted form of commercialized transaction bordering on outright extortion in the name of big capitalist plunderers in our soils. The Alsa Lumad campaign, indeed, is bound to fail, as history has already exposed its grossly anti-people and anti-Lumad character.