Friday, October 26, 2012

Fun Fact Friday: Tampakan Massacre, Oct. 18, 2012

Juvy (bottom row, center) and her son
(bottom row, left) were victims of the massacre.
Source
The indigenous B'laan community has long been in opposition to the mining operations of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) on their ancestral lands, not having given them permission to destroy their land.  They have long been fighting to keep their land, with Daguil Capion leading two attacks on the miners.

On October 18, 2012, Capion's wife, Juvy, and two sons were killed in a military raid of the village of Bong Mal in Tampakan, South Cotabao.  One of his daughters was also injured.

The morning of October 18, the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army entered the house and gunfire was heard throughout the village.  Entering the house, Erita, Capion's sister, described the blood and brain matter splattered all around the house, leaving the bodies unrecognizable.

The military did not allow them to claim the remains of the victims and dragged and lined up their bodies, bringing them outside of the house, opposing the traditions of the B'laan people.

Way to celebrate Indigenous People's Month right?

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