Friday, January 29, 2016

IP Leaders Say Alamara Non-Existent During Congressional Inquiry in Davao del Norte

NSFA, PANACAN, Davao City - The tribal leaders of Talaingod and neighboring areas deny the existence of Alamara. Speaking before more or less five hundred (500) Indigenous Peoples (IPs), the leaders, some of whom former NPAs, debunked the message of a speaker about its existence and instead mentioned the presence of bagani or tribal guards within the IPs ancestral domain during the Congressional Public Inquiry led by Hon. Nancy A. Catamco, Chairperson, Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples held in Brgy. Sto. NiƱo, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on January 29, 2016. 

“There is no Alamara. It is the term injected by the left-leaning organizations and the CPP/NPA to the vulnerable IPs to discredit the AFP and strike fear within the IP communities so that they can be mobilized by the CPP/NPA”, a certain rodel who was once a teacher of an IP school said.
The AFP’s Eastern Mindanao Command joined the Congressional Public Inquiry to support the government’s effort to find out the truth about the plight of the IPs and contribute to the peaceful resolution of their (IP’s) issues and concerns. It maintains that it shall go after lawless groups that threaten the peace of communities. 

It also maintains that the military has a stringent accounting of its firearms and ammunitions and strongly denies connection to the said group. It can be recalled that during incidents resulting from tribal/family feud, or disagreements in IP communities, “Alamara” is constantly being mentioned by some groups as the culprit. Moreover, these groups readily connect Alamara as being organized by the AFP.

Source: Chief, Public Information Office

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