Tribal leader killed in Mindanao
Anti-mines activist reportedly shot in back by soldiers
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- January 31, 2013
Government forces this week shot and killed a tribal leader who had allegedly been waging war against an Australian-backed mining company in South Cotabato.
Kitari Capion was reported to be unarmed when soldiers attacked his house Tuesday.
Capion was allegedly shot in the back when 15 soldiers shot at the tribal leader's house.
The military claimed Capion and others had lobbed grenades at the soldiers.
Capion was the younger brother of Daguil Capion, an anti-mining leader who has been waging a tribal war against the Australian-backed Xstrata- Sagittarius Mines Incorporated, the country’s largest mining investor with a US$5.9 billion investment in the town of Tampakan.
Daguil Capion's wife and two of his children were killed by soldiers during a raid in October .
Ryan Lariba, head of activist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) condemned the killing.
He claimed that the soldiers failed to give immediate medical attention to Capion, a violation of an agreement between the government and communist rebels on respecting human rights and humanitarian law.
He warned that the killing will push more tribal people into join actions against mining operations in the area.
"Military operations in mining areas drive the lumads to take up arms, if only to defend their ancestral lands and lives," Lariba said.