Bukidnon tribal leaders, ex-reds, soldiers fortify ties via ritual rites


IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon, Oct 6- Chieftains of Higaonon, former rebels, and soldiers recently orchestrated a “Pamungkas, Panlitub, Pambadbad” ritual rites in respect to the customary belief of the IP community, at Headquarters, 8th Infantry Battalion, Impasugong, Bukidnon, October 4, 2019.

Nine Higaonon chieftains came across between the Former Rebels temporarily staying inside the camp and the army troopers to put an end to the belief that an enemy will always be an enemy, through a ritual.

A hog and fowls were offered as chieftains performed series of tribal prayers to call on the Supreme Creator to bless the people inside the camp and that they may be protected from any sickness.

The activity was attended by the 8th IB troopers, 20 Former rebels, other visitors and stakeholders.

Datu Amay Matangkilan, the tribal elder of Impasugong expressed his appreciation saying, “I thank the Army and the former rebels for considering this tradition. As an elder in the community, I now feel comfortable that soldiers and former rebels have a deep
respect and care to each other.”

Likewise, Mr. Felix Vergara, one of the stakeholders who joined the ceremony got a chance to offer the vacant sentry job in his company to the former rebels. The former rebels will soon be briefed and train for the mastery of the placement.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, the commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion who attended the activity said, “We always treasure the customary practice of the IP community especially that our camp is within the premises of Impasugong. We care for our former rebels and we will support them in everything they need.” The 8th Infantry Battalion is located in Impasugong, Bukidnon which happens to be the
Tribal Capital of Bukidnon. It will always respect and participate in any customary tradition that the community is practicing.

The “Pamungkas, Panlitub, Pambadbad” Ritual is one custom and tradition being observed by the tribe. (PA 8IB)