Ati leader in Boracay gunned down

Tribe, Church link killing to indigenous people’s ancestral domain case



SLAIN Ati leader Dexter Condez

ILOILO CITY—The three Ati tribal leaders of Boracay Island just came from a meeting with nuns about 9 p.m. on Friday to prepare for Mass on Sunday and discuss the beautification of their community.

While walking home in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Dexter Condez and his two female companions noticed a man wearing a jacket and cap following them. When they passed a dimly lit area, the man suddenly approached them, pulled out a gun and repeatedly shot  Condez then fled on foot.

One of the female tribal leaders ran to the community less than 100 meters away and sought help. The other attended to Condez who was bleeding and unconscious.

Condez, 26, was pronounced dead at  Don Ciriaco S. Tirol Memorial Hospital on Boracay Island. Investigators found at least six bullet casings of a still unknown caliber of gun near the crime scene.

Condez was the spokesperson of the  Boracay Ati Tribal Organization  whose members have been fighting for land of their own on the 1,032-hectare Boracay Island which they consider their ancestral domain.

Senior Insp. Joeffer Cabural, chief of  Boracay Tourist Assistance Center, the island’s police force, said the killer  had yet to be identified   and the motive for the killing was still unknown.

He said they still could not say if the killing was related to the dispute over land being occupied by the Ati.

But Church leaders in Boracay said the killing was most likely linked to the dispute over the 2.1-ha land that was covered by a certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) granted by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to the tribe on Jan. 21, 2011.

The NCIP and anthropological studies have supported claims that the Ati were the earliest settlers on the island but were displaced and driven away, especially starting in the 1970s when tourists and investors started to descend on the island.

The tribe occupied the property last year but at least three claimants were opposing the CADT.

Condez was among the tribal leaders who were involved in a confrontation with at least

20 security guards employed by the Cebu-based J. King and Sons Co. Inc. at the Ati community last year.

“Dexter had no personal enemies, and we could not think of any reason why he would be killed other than his standing up for the right of the tribe to their land,” said Sr. Hermi Sutares of the  Holy Rosary Parish Ati Mission (HRPAM).

The HRPAM, put up by  Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in 2000, has been helping the Ati acquire a permanent place of their own on the island.

Sutares said she and other nuns of  the HRPAM and seven Ati leaders, including Condez, had a meeting at the former Ati community in Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag. Condez and the two other tribe leaders walked home to Barangay Manoc-Manoc after the meeting ended around 8 p.m. on Friday.

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    As usual, killing Natives is an “elites” habits to make money, a colonial rapist culture.

    Philippines deserved a social revolution to clean up the dirt of the past.

    • ApoLapullapu

      This is one of the reasons why the NPA is harder to negotiate with than the MILF and the MNLF.  The oppressed need them.  Lamentably, however,  sometimes they also act as oppressors.

  • Manuel

    Calling on the NPA to revive the sparrow unit to decimate ALL corrupt local politicians and businessmen in Boracay Island.  Justice for Condez NOW !!!!

    • Yxon

      not just in Boracay, please in all the islands of this country. the greed of some is just too much.

    • patrickinca

       Pati ang mga pamilya ng mga lintik na mamatay tao na politiko at negosyante ay tirahin din para maranasan din nila ang hirap ng mga pamilya na tinarantado nila.

    • Raul

      how sure are you na hindi din sparrow yung tumira dun? pera pera lang rin naman yan sila. sus! at revive? what the? kailan pa ba nawala ang mga yan? basta may pera na isasampal sa mukha ng mga hard killer hitman o ano pa diyan — THE CYCLE WOULD STILL GO ON! dapat diyan eh mas paigtingin ang seguridad diyan sa isla. malapit na ang election kaya gunban nga diba?

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Justice is a joke in this country.  DOJ can’t implement the legal decision decisively.

  • D_BystandeR

    It’s a big blow to the peaceful desire of the natives in Boracay to assert their ownership of a piece of land with a small area of 2.1 hectares which was given to them on Jan 21, 2011 with the necessary papers to support their claim of ownership. A certain Dexter Condez, 26, one of the tribal leaders and spokesperson of their group was gunned down Friday night on his way home with two other companions by an unidentified man who fled the scene after pumping six bullets to the victim. It’s a wanton display of what could be seen as a brazen act of committing a crime to harass and intimidate the endangered specie of the local natives who once owned the place of Boracay Island with a total land area of 1,032 hectares and now because of “greed of money and power” are in the brink of losing even that small portion of land given to them as a “token” covered by certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) by the government under the National Commission On Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) but appeared to be violated of their ownership rights by some “businessmen” without conscience. The government should show its special concern to this travesty of justice and effect punishment to whoever is found liable with the full force of the law.

  • boi skater

    Life is so cheap in this country. People are killed like
    chickens as if the victims’ lives are of little value. This country is the only
    Catholic country in Asia but it has one of the highest criminality in the
    region. It is bad enough that the island of Boracay was taken away from the
    original people (the Ati); now their lives are also being taken away like some
    through away thing. The killing is designed to intimidate and drive away the
    Atis off the island. And often, the killers are paid by rich interested individuals,
    all for the name of obtaining the original people’s properties. Our corrupt and
    very slow justice system, and our inept and absent police are the main reason
    why criminals have no fear of carrying on premeditated murders and other criminal
    acts. The lack of civility and conscience is truly disturbing and disgusting.

    • Bansot

      It’s so true and embarassing!!! What’s so ironic about it is, the Philippines is world wide known as one of the most religious country in asia and maybe in the whole world.Everyone witness the show that we’re putting up during the Holy Week.  All those millions of people wishing to touch the black Nazarene, and the crucifixion of human beings in the cross are merely for publicity!!!…what a bunch of “Hypocrites” !!!

  • ApoNiLolo

    This is the result when you’re faced with greedy businessmen with “mobster” mentality. Killing the “spokesman” of the Atis didn’t solved the problem. It only embolden the “natives” to push for their claim and fight for what they rightfully own!

    Rest in peace, kasimanwa.

  • Danyel

    magkaisa kayo…patayin nyo yung kalaban nyo sa lupa……yun syempre ang utak niyan…..sabayan na lang at unahan na lang… their game ang give them the dose of their own medicine……..di na uso ang anting anting ngayon……isa rin lang ang buhay nila…….

  • Danyel

    “Cebu-based J. King and Sons Co. Inc”…………..yang mga tao jan ang resbakan nyo…..yan ang utak ng pagpatay kay Condes…gantihan nyo now na!!!! kala nila sila lang ang marunong magpapatay….kaya nyo rin yan…..kayo mismo ang gumawa……ngayon na……ngayong gabi na. tang nah!

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    It was Pnoy himself who awarded the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title to the Indigenous Ati last 2011. Just shows how inutile our Government is, it cannot even help the Ati enforce the validity of the title which was awarded by no less than the President himself. As soon as the hoopla of the awarding was over, the adverse claimants of the small plot awarded by the President was fenced off by claimants and the Ati could not even enter their supposed ancestral domain. Now they are being shot like pests in the island. Who will help them now?

  • ApoLapullapu

    Another human rights activist killed under the present Administration.  The countdown will not stop until 2016.

    • patrickinca

       Kahit sino mang administration ay tuloy tuloy pa rin iyan dahil wala sino man ang makaka control sa millitary. Nakakalungkot dahil tayong lahat ay walang ginagawa para mapigil na ito.

  • kipbuts

    no doubt claiming ancestral land is the reason why he was killed

  • Isagani Gatmaitan

    Tourists cavort and frisk in Bora’s pristine sand, hallowed by IP’s blood. 2.1 hectares nga lang ang ina angkin… This is the final chapter in the Ita’s genocide, fueled not by xenophobic hatred, but just plain greed.

  • Lorelei

    Rest in peace Dexter, nakikiramay

  • Eagles

    Just a cent of advise to our marginalized brothers and sisters; indi kamo mag compyansa, its better armed your self-because those bullshit they think you are nothing, mahiya sila putang ina nila, ancestral domain, ibig sabihin hindi sa inyo, mga putang-ina kayo lumuyas kayo dyan, hindi niyo lupa yan.

  • dxdaistar

    naku mga intsik na naman kalaban dyan. J. King…ano pa di Chinese!

    • dxdaistar

      Pati Boracay pinasok na ng mga insik!

  • Meanne Manahan

    thanks for covering the story. dexter was a very good leader of the Atis and have so much hopes and dreams. thanks also for putting out the photo i took of him last year during the Ati land occupation, i can send the original file if you want. 

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