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John Rizle L. Saligumba reports that the Armed Forces of the Philippians killed Totong Mabinsi while he was hunting for wild boar. The AFP claimed he was killed in the crossfire between NPA and the AFP but locals say there was no fire fight within the area:
On July 22, Totong’s body was found in Kibuntayon River in the village of Datu Davao, Laak town in Compostela Valley province.
Lina, his wife, said Totong just went out to hunt for wild boars on that day not knowing it would be the last time she would see her husband. She said he left for sitio Dose Media, after breakfast, a place two kilometers away from their house in sitio Onse, purok 2, which is a common hunting ground of the community.“Hunting is our livelihood. We sell his catch to buy rice and other needs,” Lina said.
Totong was an active member of the village police under the Civilian Volunteers Organization (CVO).
In their village, officials were made to sign a certification confirming that there was indeed an encounter between NPAs and soldiers that led to the death of Totong.
edro Arnado of the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas likened the killing of Totong to the Dejoses in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, and Ramon Batoyin Arakan, North Cotabato, farmers who, he said, were killed by the military on suspicion that they were aiding the NPAs.
Pastor Jurie Jaime, secretary general of the human rights alliance Karapatan, blames the government’s counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan for the death of Totong.