3 ‘lumad’ farmers shot dead as they entered ranch in Bukidnon
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Three “lumad” farmers were shot dead allegedly by security guards of a ranch in Sumilao, Bukidnon province.
The victims were part of a larger group that entered the disputed property on Tuesday.
Authorities said criminal charges are now being prepared against at least 14 security guards of Umalag Farms Inc. for the violence which also wounded three.
A police report said the victims were among at least 50 individuals who entered the ranch in Barangay Lupiagan by digging under the fence. Led by Bae Merlita Mayantao, of Inalsahan Indigenous People Organization, the farmers set up a tent inside.
At least 14 security guards at the ranch confronted the farmers’ group, according to police. A heated argument was followed by gunfire, said the police report.
The slain farmers were identified as Raymar Mayantao, a resident of San Vicente, Sumilao; Rogen Sindangan of San Miguel, Baungon, and Cenon Nacaytona of Barangay Impalutao in Impasug-ong town.
Police said security guards used shotguns in shooting the victims.
SPO2 Lorecito Pitogo, investigator at the Sumilao police station, said the 14 security guards would be charged with multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder. Jigger Jerusalem, Inquirer Mindanao
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