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Ina Alleco R Silverio reports that Subanen chieftan, and barangay chairperson, Timuay Locencio Manda was ambushed by unknown forces leading to the death of his 11-year-old son:
Anti-mining groups have decried the ambush of a Subanen tribe elder and leader and the killing of his son in Zambonga at 7:20 a.m. on September 4.
The 11-year old Jordan Manda was killed while his father, Subanen chieftain Timuay Locencio Manda sustained minor wounds when they were ambushed by unidentified men, in Barangay Conacon, Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur. Timuay Manda is the Barangay Chairperson of Barangay Conacon while his eldest son is studying at the Bubuan Elementary School, some five kilometers from his residence in Conacon. The father and son were riding their motorbike when they were shot at by unidentified assailants.
According to reports from Amnesty International, Jordan suffered a fatal wound on the back which instantly killed him, while the father suffered relatively minor wounds.
According to reports from Alyansa Tigil Mina, Timuay Manda was at the forefront of the Subanen’s claim for and protection of their ancestral domain, since his cousin Timuay Giovanni Umbang was assassinated in 2002.
In a text message sent to the media, he said, “In my effort to assert our rights and to protect our people and ancestral domain, my beloved son was sacrificed. It is very painful and I thirst for justice. I vow to continue my struggle in order not to make my son’s death in vain. I need your support in this most trying time of my life as a father and a leader.”