Tribal Leaders Welcome Army Commander in Kalabugao Plains

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IMPASUGONG, BUKIDNON. June 28 – The Indigenous People (IP) tribal leaders conducted a ritual to formally welcome the Army’s 403Bde Commander together with his subordinates last June 26, 2020 at the covered court of Barangay Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon.

Datu Manbunayan, Indigenous People Mandatory Rerpresentative (IPMR) of Brgy Kalabugao said “Amoang gidawat ang kumander sa briged kauban ang kasundaluhan sa amoang komunidad. Kauban sila, nakita namo ang kahusay ug kalinaw dinhi sa Kalabugao. Dungan pa, nanghinaot ko na ang ilahang mga plano sa pagpalambo sa among komunidad kay matuman.” (We are welcoming the brigade commander and his soldier in our community. With them, we see peace and order here in Kalabugao. Further, I am hoping that their plans to help in developing our community may realize.)

“Nalipay ko nga ang komunidad sa Lumad kauban nato sa pagkab-ot sa malungtarong kalinaw. Sa kamatuoran nga ilang gisaway ang pagsulod sa grupong teroristang New People’s Army (NPA) nagpasabot nga nasabtan nila ang dili maayong idelohiya sa teroristang grupo. Kini nga yunit gapanaad nga magpadayon sa pagprotektar sa mga Lumad, sa ilang komunidad ug yutang kabilin,” said LTC Edgardo V Talaroc Jr, Commanding Officer of 8th Infantry Battalion. (I am glad that the IP communities are with us in our quest in attaining just and lasting peace. The fact that they denounce the entry of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) implies that the IPs are enlightened from the pointless ideologies of the terrorist group. This unit vows to continue protecting the IPs, their communities, and ancestral land.)

Col Ferdinand T Barandon, 403rd Brigade Commander expressed his gratitude for the warm acceptance of the IP leaders. “Kini ang pamatuod nga gidawat sa mga Lumad ang presensya sa kasundaluhan sa ilang komunidad ug gikapoy na sa bakak nga saad sa mga CNTs. Sa panagsamang paningkamot sa mga Lumad, kasundaluhan ug mga kauban sa kalinaw ug kalambuan, makaya natong tapuson ang insurhensiya nga magkauban.” He said. (This is a proof that the IPs accepted the presence of the Army in their community and are tired of the CNTs false promises. With the convergence effort of the IPs, Army, and our peace and development partners, we can surely end this insurgency together.)

Pamuhat is a Higaonon term for the ritual to officially receive individuals in their communities. Said ritual is conducted to strengthen ties between the army and the IP community, and further seek guidance and protection from their supreme deity for the soldiers in performing their task to protect communities and ancestral land against the Communists Terrorists Group (CTG).