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Kitari Capion, a young Lumbad tribal leader, and brother of Daguil Capion (whose own family was massacred by an AFP unit last October), was killed when AFP soldiers surrounded his house and fired upon him and other members of his tribe. Kitari was in the mist of negotiating a truce between members of his tribe and the AFP when soldiers from 1002nd Infantry Brigade raided his home, killing him, which was a violation of international humanitarian law.
The environmental group Kalikasan called attention to the killing on their website by posting a statement from BAYAN-SOCSKSARGEN:
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-SOCSKSARGEN today condemns the killing of Kitari Capion, a young lumad leader, by elements of Task Force Kitacom claiming that the latter committed yet another violation of rules of engagement.“Although Capion was a known leader of a group of lumads waging tribal war against Xstrata-SMI and its military protectors, according to witnesses, he was unarmed during the incident and in fact was not able to fire back, contrary to the military’s claim that Capion’s group fired M79 grenade at them. The fascist military troops did not even care to give immediate medical attention to the victim when he was hit and was unable to fight back anymore, a gross violation of Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) as well as a clear violation of military rules of engagement and war protocols”, Ryan Lariba, BAYAN-SOCSKSARGEN secretary general claims.Capion was hit at the back when some 15 members of Task Force KITACOM (Kiblawan, Tampakan, Columbio, Malungon) opened fired at his house on January 29. He was rushed to a hospital in South Cotabato but died later due to hemorrhage.BAYAN also warned that continuous military operations in Xstrata – SMI’s mining areas will not solve the problem but will actually force more and more lumads to join their relatives in a tribal war in defense of their ancestral lands against Xstrata-SMI’ large-scale mining.“The military is performing its Xstrata-SMI’s mercenary role to the letter. They kill lumads and local residents in servitude to Xstrata-SMI, a foreign company at that. Military operations in mining areas drive the lumads to take up arms if only to defend their ancestral lands and lives”, Lariba adds.
BAYAN and its allied organizations have long been calling for immediate military pullout in mining areas at stop to OPLAN BAYANIHAN, the Aquino administration’s counter-insurgency program, claiming that it has not really solved any problem but has only resulted to gross violations of human rights.“Xstrata – SMI in collusion with fascist Aquino government should be made accountable for the spate of killings in the mine site” Lariba ends.