MATI, Davao Oriental (PNA) — Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang urged his constituents to support the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) operations to attain peace and development in the province.
“Ang nag-sweldo niining mga tawhana, dili ba kita? Pinaagi sa atong pagbayad sa buwis ngadto sa gobyerno. Mao nga walay rason nga dili nato sila suportahan kay sila ang atong police og sila ang atong mga sundalo na maoy mo protekta kanato sa panahon sa atong panginahanglanon (We paid these people through our taxes. That is why, there is no reason that we will not support them because they are our police and our soldiers who will protect us in times of emergency),” Dayanghirang said in his speech during the Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental – Barangay Outreach Program at Barangay Don Mariano, Lupon Davao Oriental Wednesday morning.
Dayanghirang said the people should not be confused on who are they going to support because the police and soldiers are the ones who protect the safety and welfare of the Filipinos.
“Kinsa ba ang kaluluoy? Dili ba kamo na katawhan? (Who will be the losers? Is it the people?),” the governor asked.
He prompted to make the call after the atrocities happened in the town of Manay reportedly perpetrated by New People’s Army (NPA) last week.
“Naluoy ko sa akong mga kaigsuonan kay layo kayo na lugar, namawkit ngadto sa poblacion. Gibiyaan ilang balay, gibiyaan ang ilang mga hayop tungod sa kahadlok (I pity my brothers in Manay because they came from far places and they evacuated going to poblacion, leaving their houses and their animals because of fear to be harmed),” he said.
Police reports bared around 3,286 families from the villages of Lambog, Del Pilar, Capasnan, Cawayan, Taocanga and Rizal evacuated due to the presence of the NPA, who are terrorizing them. A total of 455 evacuees are in the poblacion area while others are in the centers of the said barangays.
There are two residents of Lambog, Cerillio Lumakang and Nonoy Maumpi, were also reported missing.
A certain Rolando Mabas of Sitio Tambo, Lambog reported that he personally saw the lifeless bodies of Ruben Inidio-an and Boy Sumambot, who were killed by the NPA for unknown reason.
Inidio-an’s wife, Clara, said her husband and Sumambot were killed when they crossed path with the NPA while on their way to the center of Lambog to evacuate.
A junior Army officer was also killed after the the NPA attacked the joint police and army team at Sitio Paliwason, Lambog last week.