Extra Judicial Killing in the Philippines
Jimmy Liguyon victim of extra judicial killing in the Philippines.
Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
Balay Kagduma, Purok 8, Brgy. 9
Case: Extra Judicial Killing
Victim: JIMMY LIGUYON
37 years old, married with 5 children, Lumad – Matigsalog
tribe, Barangay Captain of Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon.
A Chairperson of the church council of UCCP Dao, San
Place of Incident: Purok
2, Dao, San Fernando Bukidnon
Date of Incident: 6:30
in the evening of March 5, 2012
Perpetrator(s): Alde Salusad A.K.A Butsoy, together with 15 Unidentified
armed men, Nonong Salusad now associated with the 8th IB under the command of
Brgy Kagawad Medy Mancilla
Kagawad Merly Isidro
Account of the Incident:
On March 5, 2012 at about 6:30 in the evening Hon. Jimmy M.
Liguyon, Barangay Captain of Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon was shot dead
inside his residence by Aldy Salusad A.K.A. Butsoy using an Armalite rifle.
Emelio Liguyon and Arser Liguyon brothers of the victim
narrated that at about 5:30 in the afternoon they went to the house of Barangay
Captain Liguyon to lend money and rice for the family consumption as well as
their supplies in doing billing to extract gold or other minerals to sustain
Emelio and Aser further narrated that they were in
conversation in the terrace of Jimmy’s house when Alde Salusad A.K.A Butsoy
arrived accompanied with fifteen (15) unidentified armed men in military
fatigue uniform. Alde suddenly barged into to the house of the victim without
When Alde was about one (1) meter away from Jimmy, he asked
the victim about the presence of the military in the area. Jimmy replied that
he did not notice the military roving the area. Alde lamented that he was just
clarifying in order for them not to encounter with military. Alde then ordered
Jimmy to transfer to the opposite bench. Jimmy obeyed and stood up, Alde
offered a shake hand. Facing each other, Alde at no reason at all, shoot Bo.
Cap. Jimmy at close range using his baby Armalite rifle hitting the chest of
the victim that cause his instantaneous death.
Terrified by the incident, Emelio and Aser said run in
separate direction for safety leaving Jimmy behind.
Witnesses disclosed that they heard Alde saying “akong
gipatay si kapitan tungod kay wala kini mipirma sa SANMATRIDA o wala mohatag og
certification sa SANMATRIDA”. He also warned the people that whoever complains
and fights back, he will also kill especially the siblings who were the reason
that Capt. Liguyon did not sign the certification.
Meanwhile, SANMATRIDA means San Fernando Matigsalog,
Tigwahanon, Manobo Tribal Datu Association, were claimants of 53,000 hectares
of ancestral land in the twelve (12)
barangays of San Fernando Bukidnon including Barangay Dao. Covering 12
barangays from the municipalities of San Fernando (12- Bibungkog, Nam-nam,
Bonacao, Dao, Bulalang, Cayaga, Matupi, Calagangan, Iglugsad, Durian). The main
objective of SANMATRIDA is facilitating mining operation within the ancestral
land which allegedly could benefit the indigenous people.
Ben Salusad A.K.A Nonong Salusad was appointed as soldier of
SANMATRIDA by Cris Estrella, a retired military official and founder/adviser of
the said organization. Nonong Salusad
was a rebel returnee and recruited and trained by military as CAFGU together
with his recruits. Initiated by Lt. Pallar from of 8th Infantry Battalion,
Philippine Army based at Halapitan, San Fernando Bukidnon.
Historical Account of Harassment experienced by the victims
and other residents in the area:
KARAPATAN Bukidnon has documented harassments, threats cases
of Barangay Captain Jimmy M. Liguyon:
Sometime on October 13, 2011, Jimmy Liguyon, Barangay
Captain of Barangay Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon was attending financial
management seminar at Cagayan de Oro City. At about 3:00 O’clock in the
afternoon of the same date he received a call from Nonong Salusad through his
cell phone warning him not to return back to their Barangay because his men
Ange Dal-anay Alyas Taruc, Alde Salusad Alyas Commander Butchoy and 60 other
were waiting in Barangay Dao in order to execute him. (Ange Dal-anay and Aldy
Salusad were members of TRIOM force created by Vice Mayor Levy Edma backed by Lt.
Fallar of 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army based at Halapitan, San
Jimmy accounted that SANMATRIDA convinced him to join their
organization as well as encouraging everyone to become member. SANMATRIDA was
aiming to engage in mining explorations covering SANMATRIDA areas from the
municipalities of San Fernando (12- Bibungkog, Nam-nam, Bonacao, Dao, Bulalang,
Cayaga, Matupi, Calagangan, Iglugsad, Durian).
That Ben Salusad A.K.A Nonong Salusad was appointed by Cris
Estrella a retired military founder and adviser of SANMATRIDA appointed Nonong
Salusad as head of SANMATRIDA armed force.
He further narrated that that Brgy. Kagawad Merlyn Isidro,
Medy Mancilla and Fausto Bacliran were allegedly planning to kill him through
the armed men of Nonong Salusad.
It was learned, that the three Barangay Kagawads were the
local buyers of gold in the area thru their financier from Davao City and
Valencia City. It was observed that the three KAGAWADS were encouraging large
scale mining companies to operate in their locality.
Accordingly, Jimmy as Barangay Captain of Barangay Dao, he
strongly resisted the entry of large scale mining companies in their place. The
Barangay allows only small scale mining (billing method) in their constituents
of Dao, which in foremost the prime economic source of income of the people of
Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon.
Place: Malaybalay City
prepared: March 8, 2012
data gathering: March 7, 2012