Grief and Rage

The Funeral March on Sept. 3, 2016 for Charwin Amas and Racky Duyan also highlighted the displaced Manobo Tigwahanon’s call for justice, and for the arrest of Alde ‘Butsoy’ Salusad and the disbandment of his paramilitary group, New Indigenous People’s Army for Reform (NIPAR).

Amas and Duyan, both two years old, died of pneumonia on August 28 and September 1, respectively, at the evacuation camp of the Manobo Tigwahanon erected in front of the provincial capitol building in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

The community’s displacement was triggered by the shooting rampage of Salusad and other members of NIPAR on Jul y30, 2016 at Sitio Tibugawan, Cawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon, that resulted to the death of a pregnant woman and the wounding of several others.

The bodies of Amas and Duyan were buried at a public cemetery this morning in Brgy. Casisang, Malaybalay City.


[Text and Photos: WInbel Mordino Visitacion]