THE New People's Army (NPA) belied the claim of the military and some tribal leaders that the rebels were behind the killing of the 15-year-old Grade 3 student of the Salugpongan School in Talaingod town in Davao del Norte last month.
In a statement emailed to Sun.Star Davao yesterday, Tano Paragas, spokesperson for the NPA’s Davao-Bukidnon Sub Regional Command, Southern Mindanao Region, said Alibando Tingkas was killed by Alamara which is run by military.
Paragas said there is no truth about what has been earlier claimed by the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He added that the United States-Aquino Regime, military and the Alamara has long been targeting the lumads.
Paragas said Joven Salangani, who was tagged in killing Tingkas, is a member of the Alamara, the group who killed the leader of the Salugpungan Datu Manliro Landahay. The latter was murdered last November 7 by Donato Salangani.
Datu Lumansad Sibogan, member of the board of trustees of the Ata-Manobo Tribal Council of Elders Association in Talaingod, earlier said that Alamara is a myth. He added that it has nothing to do with the threats and killings in town.
Sibogan also said that Salangani is a member of the communist movement under a certain Kumander Jose. He added that the motive behind the incident was personal grudge, after Donato Salangani was killed by the NPA rebels as well.