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URGENT APPEAL: Frustrated Murder of Human Rights Defender
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:16

URGENT APPEAL

January 13, 2016

(PHILIPPINES) Frustrated Murder of Human Rights Defender

ISSUES: Assertion to right to land of indigenous people

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Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the frustrated killing of an agrarian reform beneficiary.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP, kindly send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Title:                    Ampudi Frustrated Killing
Case:                  Frustrated Killing
Victim:          Nestorio Sulatan Ampudi, 37 years old
Date of Incident:         January 9, 2016; 11:30 A.M.
Place of Incident:         P-8, Barangay Calao Calao, Don Carlos, Bukidnon
Perpetrators:    Jun Jun Lirasan, security guard of Levelita Balarote Zambrano
Motive:                         in relation to assertion of right to land; violation of rights to life and security of person
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Account of the incident:

On January 9, 2016, around 11:30 a.m., at Purok 8,  Calao Calao, Don Carlos, Bukidnon, human rights defender Nestorio Sulatan Ampudi, 37 years old, an active member and overseer of Ambugkol Manobo Tribal Association (AMTA), was shot by Jun Jun Lirasan. Lirasan is Ampudi’s neighbor and is working for Levelita Balarote Zambrano.

According to Ampudi’s wife Ligoria, she and her two-month old daughter Nicelyn were riding with Nestorio on his single motorcycle with plate no. 83093. They were on their way home to   P-9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon from Poblacion, Don Carlos, Bukidnon when Lirasan and an unidentified driver aboard a single motorcycle shot Nestorio multiple times while trying to overtake them. Nestorio fell on the ground with his motorcycle. The perpetrator immediately fled to an unknown direction. Ampudi sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body and was immediately brought to St. Nino Hospital, Don Carlos, Bukidnon for medical treatment. He was recently transferred to Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag, Bukidnon. The victim is now in stable condition but is still waiting for his operation. His wife added that the two perpetrators were wearing masks, but she was able to identify Lirasan because of his built.

Nestorio’s wife and child were lucky that they were not hit, but Ligoria sustained minor injuries during the incident.
At 2:00 p.m., Ligoria reported the incident at Don Carlos Police Station. Elements of Don Carlos Municipal Police Station led by SPO1 Dizon responded during the incident. Two fired cartridge cases and one fired bullet of an alleged .45 pistol were recovered from the crime scene.

Case Background:

The Balarote group headed by Levelita Balarote-Zambrano was awarded 550 hectares of land by the Commission on the Settlement of Land Problems (COSLAP) last February 16, 1988. The group obtained a Writ of Relocation from RTC in Malaybalay and was installed in the area by the two court sheriffs and barangay officials last May 21, 2014. Some parts of the awarded land are presently occupied by the AMTA members.

On the other hand, AMTA belongs to Datu Casiano Montabod’s group who was awarded by COSLAP for 130 hectares of land in Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas. AMTA, which is now under the unified claim named as Manobo Kerenteken – Ilantungen Manobo Tribe, Inc. (KMTI) processed their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) at the National Commission on the Indigenous People (NCIP).

On March 10-25, 2015, the NCIP surveyed the ancestral land claim of the indigenous people including the AMTA area in Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas. Their CADT is now under deliberation at the NCIP in Manila.

On October 2, 2014, Nestorio Ampudi was fortunate to have survived an attempt to his life by the Balarote group at Purok 9 Prakatahan, Barangay Pualas, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 18:03
 
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Binabaha’t binabagyo na ng sakuna ng kalikasan, binabaha’t binabagyo pa ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao ang mga mamamayang mahirap sa bansa.

Marami sa mga kapatid na katutubo at lumad ang pinatay, inagawan at pinalalayas sa kanilang lupaing ninuno.  Habang humaharap pa ang mundo sa delubyo’t sakunang dulot ng papalalang pagpapalit ng klima, patuloy na winawasak ang kalikasan at hinuhuthot ang likas na yaman ng bansa ng mga malalaking abusadong kumpaniya, binibiktima pa ang kanayunan ng militarisasyon, pandarahas at gera.

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