KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 October) — Two persons were killed in a gunfight between two Manobo clans on in a village in President Rojas town in North Cotabato, around 8:30 a.m. Monday, a military official said.
Lt. Nasrullah Sema, civil-military operations chief of the 57th Infantry Battalion, said they have no identities yet of those killed in the encounter between the group led by a certain Lapatin and another Manobo group.
Sema said Lapatin’s group, allegedly from Bukidnon province, attacked a tribal village in Sitio Tarinan in Barangay Sarayan, President Roxas. The locals, however, fired back and killed two of Lapatin’s men.
The military official pointed to land conflict as the possible motive of the attack. Lapatin is reportedly claiming his tribe owns the land.
A sitio in Sarayan bears the name Lapatin.
Sema said they already sent additional troops to the barangay to secure the villagers from another attack.
Police and soldiers assigned in the area had driven away Lapatin’s group during a pursuit operation. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)