Suspect in Ati leader slay charged

Case filed vs guard of hotel chain involved in past clash with tribe


ATI TRIBE spokesperson Dexter Condez (center) with tribe chief Delsa Justo (right) are seen talking with unidentified men over the Ati’s land claim in April 2012 or barely a year before Condez was gunned down. NESTOR P. BURGOS / INQUIRER VISAYAS

ILOILO CITY – Police have filed a murder case against the security guard of a hotel chain in Boracay for the killing of a leader of the Ati tribe which is being linked to the tribe’s fight for a piece of land on the island-resort.

The Aklan police filed the case against Daniel Celestino on Tuesday at the Aklan provincial prosecutor’s office in the capital town of Kalibo for the February 22 killing of Dexter Condez.

Condez, 26, spokesperson of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (Bato), died of at least eight gunshot wounds, including one in the heart, after a lone gunman shot him while he was on his way to the Ati community in Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Boracay.

Teddy Jimenez, resident manager of Crown Regency Boracay Resorts, confirmed that Celestino is a security guard of the hotel chain.

“Yes, he is a security guard who is assigned to our hotels but we are in no way involved in the killing,” Jimenez said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“We are God-fearing. We abide by the rule of law and we will not do such a thing,” he said, adding that he is speaking on his personal capacity.

Jimenez said Celestino’s direct employer is the Cebu-based security agency Global Asset Protection.

“He was working here (in the hotel) when the incident happened. He is still working and we will fully cooperate with the police in any investigation,” he said.

Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., Western Visayas police director, said the gunman was identified by witnesses.

“The witnesses knew the suspect that’s why he was easily identified,” Cruz told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The Cebu-based J. King and Sons Company Inc. operates three hotels in Boracay, including the Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center.

The company is among at least three property claimants that are opposing the occupation of the Ati tribe of a 2.1-hectare property in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, one of three villages of Boracay.

The property was granted to the tribe by the government through a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on Jan. 21, 2011.

The tribe occupied the land in April last year and the NCIP subsequently issued a writ of possession formalizing the tribe’s occupation of the land.

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

On November 4 last year, Condez and other tribe members were involved in a confrontation with Jimenez and at least 20 armed security guards employed by J. King and Sons Company Inc. after the guards destroyed perimeter fences built by the tribe members around portions of the property.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    walang mangyayari jan sa kaso…

    kaya kayong mga flip gung gongs eh magsitigil na….

    bwa ha ha ha ha

    • Ernesto

      taga cebu karin dong

  • Lorelei

    Rest in peace Dexter, mabuhay ka hindi malilimutan ang iniwan mong mabuting gawa.

  • George

    “We are God-fearing. We abide by the rule of law and we will not do such a thing,” he said, adding that he is speaking on his personal capacity.”

    That was Hitler, Marcos, Saddam, Osama, Ampatuans, etc, etc, statement also, find an original one. 

  • Ernesto

    taga cebu ang may ari ng hotel sa boracay,swapang talaga gusto pa kunin ang di sa kanila lang lupa .actually ang may ari dyan mga ati sa aklan di taga cebu.

  • divictes

    The suspect did not even bother hide his identity. Matibay talaga ang sinasandalan.

  • kismaytami

    Buking si jimenez.

  • Loggnat

    The Ati tribe should go for the whole island for their ancestral land and the government should give it to them. Those in the island who owns resorts and hotels should be forced to pay rent to the tribe or they can remove their resorts and facilities out of the island. The Ati tribe should confiscate the resort where the killer is employed and donate the facility to the military to manage as a Morale, Welfare and Relaxation ( MWR) and Rest and Relaxation (R&R) facilities for the NCO’s and lower ranks with their families. It’s time that they get a piece of the pie… :))) That’s my opinion….

  • D_BystandeR

    The government authorities should see to it that this man who works as a security guard of that company engaged in a chain of hotel business in Boracay must pay a dear price in jail for killing a youthful tribal leader Dexter Condez, who at the age of 26 has already shown his mature leadership to led his native Ati tribe against the dominant power and influence of moneyed businessmen whose greed for money is insatiable.

  • panhase

       We, the people can do something. We do not have to go to such hotels and resorts.
    Philippines is full of beautiful places and beaches. It´s also our choice.

    • PinoyPinoyako

      We can do more than that,,,an eye for an eye,,,tirahin din yong mga owners ng J. King and Sons Company Inc,,,mga hayop ang mga ito,,,meron pa bang ibang dahilan except yong land conflict? 

  • Arvin

    J King and sons, owner of hotel chain in Cebu and Boracay……Crown Regency

  • Arvin

    Ay naku pakum wari pa……alam namin ano kayo sa Cebu….J kings and sons….

  • patrickinca

    The masterminds of the killing will be free as always.. sigh

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