Indigenous leader shot dead in CDO: Missionary group

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

MANILA -- A leader of an indigenous organization fighting for land rights was killed on Wednesday afternoon, a group of field missionaries said.

The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Northern Mindanao (RMP-NMR) reported that two motorcycle-riding men of heavy built shot Gilbert Paborada, 47, past 3 p.m. at San Nicolas, Puntod in Cagayan de Oro City.

Citing claims of witnesses, the missionary group said one of the gunmen moved closer to Paborada and shot him again at the head before they fled.

The RMP-NMR added that Paborada was dead on the spot after sustaining five gunshot wounds.

In a text message to Sun.Star, the municipal police station in Opol, Misamis Oriental, confirmed the killing of Paborada, who is a resident of the said municipality.

The missionary group claimed that Paborada was previously harassed and threatened by gunmen. The perpetrators and the motive behind his death are still undetermined.

Paborada is the chairperson of Pangalasag (Indigenous Shield), a community-based indigenous organization resisting oil palm plantation expansion of the company A. Brown in the town of Opol, Misamis Oriental.

The members of the organization have since accused A. Brown of allegedly grabbing their lands.

In June, the Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental refuted the said land grabbing issue raised by Paborada and his group. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)

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