Peasant leader shot dead in North Cotabato

/ 06:10 PM August 18, 2015

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — Two unidentified motorcycle-riding men shot and killed a peasant leader in Arakan, North Cotabato on Tuesday morning.

Supt. Bernard Tayong, spokesperson of the police in North Cotabato, said the victim, Joel Gulmatico, 58, and chair of the Arakan Peasant Progressive Organization (APPO), was riding his motorcycle on his way to Barangay Naje when killed.


The 9:15 a.m. murder happened 700 meters away from the victim’s house and at least 300 meters from the military’s 57th Infantry Battalion detachment.

“He was traversing along the national highway when shot by the suspects,” Tayong said.


Gulmatico sustained two gunshot wounds. At least two empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol were recovered from the crime scene.

Norma Capuyan, chair of the Apo Sandawa Lumandnong Panaghiusa sa Cotabato (ASLPC), condemned the killing and urged authorities to ensure the arrest of suspects.

Capuyan said the victim had no known enemies in his community and was active in helping farmers in his village.

Gulmatico also served as a barangay (village) councilman in Barangay Naje for three terms. He ran for village chair in 2013 but lost.

Capuyan said the victim also opposed the entry of military’s Peace and Development Program (PDOP) in Barangay Naje. (Williamor A. Magbanua, Inquirer Mindanao)

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 57th Infantry Battalion, AFP, Apo Sandawa Lumandnong Panaghiusa sa Cotabato, APPO, Arakan, Arakan Peasant Progressive Organization, Armed Forces of the Philippines, ASLPC, assassination, Bernard Tayong, Crime, crime victim, Joel Gulmatico, motorcycle-riding criminals, Murder, News, Norma Capuyan, North Cotabato, North Cotabato Provincial Police, PDOP, Peace and Development Program, peasant leader, Philippine Army, Police, police investigation, Regions, Shooting
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home

January 20, 2020 04:57 AM


Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely

January 20, 2020 04:56 AM


Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR

January 20, 2020 04:53 AM


Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar

January 20, 2020 04:17 AM

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.