PAKISAMA Statement Condemning the Assassination of Another PAKISAMA Leader, Florita “Nang Flor” Caya (Plus Fact Sheet)

PAKISAMA Statement

Condemning the Assassination of Another PAKISAMA Leader, Florita “Nang Flor” Caya (Plus Fact Sheet)

 

 

The Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) condemns in strongest possible terms the April 27 dastardly assassination of Florita “Nang Flor” Caya (58), General Manager of a local indigenous peoples’ organization (UTCEL) and Vice-President of a national rural peasant women organization (LAKAMBINI) affiliated to PAKISAMA Confederation. According to police autopsy/investigation, at 7 PM of April 27, 2011, while tending her store at the poblacion of Monkayo, Compostela Valley, Florita “Nang Flor” Caya (58) was shot at the back of her head. Her face just below the right eye was blown away. Witnesses saw a man hurriedly walking away from the store and quickly riding at the back of a motorcycle driven by another man.

 

Nang Flor was a newly-elected general manager of Unified Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders (UTCEL), a group of indigenous peoples (Mandaya, Manobo, Mangguangan & Dibabawon) awarded in 2004 by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title covering 30,468 hectares in 14 barangays of Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

 

“This is too much! Why Nang Flor!” exclaimed Vicente Fabe, Chairperson of PAKISAMA, a national peasant confederation with presence in 42 provinces in the country. Nang Flor is the third national leader of PAKISAMA, all hailing from Mindanao, gunned down by assassins in a span of two and a half years. Vicente Paglinawan (November 22, 2008) from Davao City and Renato Penas (July 5, 2009) from Sumilao, Bukidnon were assassinated in their respective villages at the height of a campaign for the passage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) law.  Until now, their killers have not been brought to justice.

 

PAKISAMA is looking at three possible angles on the case:  1) the presence of a rival tribal organization asserting control of the CADT Management, 2) the planned entry of mining companies/interests in the area, and 3) the possible connection between these interests and the rival tribe.

 

Nang Flor’s base organization, Unified Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders (UTCEL), is the one officially recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the local government units (LGUs) as the legitimate claimant organization to the awarded CADT area. Nang Flor was the 3rd general manager of UTCEL to be killed by unidentified persons in a span of two years.  Florelio Andresan was ambushed  on July 2009 and Carlito Chavez was gunned down on August 17,  2010.  A month ago, all the barangay tribal council chiefs covered by the CADT elected her to replace Carlito.  It was learned that since her election, someone was knocking at Nang Flor’s house every night.  That was why she decided not to sleep anymore in the village but at the poblacion (town proper).

 

It was said that the UTCEL leaders have received threats for sometime already:  to stop their activities otherwise they would all be liquidated. With the latest killing of Nang Flor, her colleagues are now gripped by fear, believing the threat as real.  The second angle involving their CADT is the planned entry of mining companies/interests in the area. UTCEL’s stand is a firm NO to mining. The third possibility asks the question, could there be a direct relation and mutual interest between the rival tribal group and the miners?

 

PAKISAMA calls on the Aquino Government to conduct a speedy, thorough and impartial investigation on the case and to bring to justice the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

 

 

FACTSHEET ON THE KILLING OF

FLORITA “Nang FLOR” CAYA

Time and Date of Death       –        7:00 in the evening, April 27, 2011

Place                      –        Poblacion Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province, Philippines

 

Manner of death:

According to police autopsy/investigation, at 7 PM of April 27, 2011, while tending her store at the poblacion of Monkayo, Compostela Valley, Florita “Nang Flor” Caya (58) was shot at the back of her head. Her face just below the right eye was blown away. Witnesses saw a man hurriedly walking away from the store and quickly riding at the back of a motorcycle driven by another man.

Organizational Involvements:

Nang Flor is a member of the local organization of indigenous peoples called Unified Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders (UTCEL) since 2002. The Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) covering 30,468 hectares was awarded by the National C0mmission for the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)  last March 25, 2004 to Mandaya, Manobo, Mangguangan & Dibabawon indigenous peoples residing in 14 barangays of Monkayo, Compostela Valley . Nang Flor belongs to the Mandaya tribe.  A month ago, she took her oath as the General Manager of the UTCEL. On April 27, 2011, the day she was assassinated, UTCEL had a meeting and agreed to endorse her to be a member of the provincial government’s Task Force Ancestral Domain.

Other membership and positions held:

–          Provincial Women’s Council member

–          Barangay (Village)  Health Worker

–          3 –term Barangay Council Member since 2001 of Barangay Inambatan, Monkayo, Compostela Valley

–          AKBAYAN party-list Member since 2001

–          Change Politics Movement Member

–          Provincial Coordinator of the People Power Volunteers under the People Power Volunteer Center (PPVC)  last May 2010 Presidential election

–          Municipal Coordinator of Aquino-Roxas Bantay Balota (ARBB)

In the PAKISAMA confederation, she has been an active leader since 1993 of the provincial federation Kapunungan sa Pundok Mag-uuma sa Dabaw (KPMD), one of the 49 affiliate federations of PAKISAMA.

She has been an active member of LAKAMBINI, a national rural women’s federation affiliated to PAKISAMA, since 1993, became its Mindanao Chair and a member of the PAKISAMA Mindanao Regional Executive Committee (REXCOM) since 1996 and was LAKAMBINI’s Vice President at the time of her death.

In 1999, Nang Flor was one of the ten core pilgrims who led the Great Jubilee Pilgrimage Against Hunger, a 40-day nationwide march-caravan, participated in by 17,000 pilgrims in 34 cities/towns coming from various people’s organizations, NGOs, and dioceses, calling on the Estrada government to heed the calls of the Jubilee Year including the call to return the land to the tillers.

In February 2010, she represented PAKISAMA as part of the delegation of the Asian Farmers Association (AFA) to the global Farmers Forum in Rome, Italy, sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Nang Flor is the third national leader of PAKISAMA, all hailing from Mindanao, gunned down by assassins in a span of two and a half years. Vicente Paglinawan (November 22, 2008) from Davao City and Renato Penas (July 5, 2009) from Sumilao, Bukidnon were assassinated in their respective villages at the height of a campaign for the passage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) law.  Until now, their killers have not been brought to justice.

Personal Information

Born on March 27, 1953, Nang Flor raised her two children, Desiree Flor (32) and Kristo Rey (27), alone since 1984. She has ten grandchildren.

Possible Motives for the killing

 

There are three possible angles on the case:  1) the presence of a rival tribal organization asserting  control of the CADT Management, 2) the planned entry of mining companies/interests in the area, and 3) the possible connection between these interests and the rival tribe.

Nang Flor’s organization, UTCEL, is the one officially recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the local government units (LGUs) as the legitimate claimant organization to the awarded CADT area.

Nang Flor was the 3rd general manager of UTCEL to be killed by unidentified persons in a span of two years.  Florelio Anresan was  killed  on July 2009 and Carlito Chavez was killed on August 17,  2010. A month ago, all the barangay tribal council chiefs covered by the CADT elected her to replace Carlito.  It was learned that since her election, someone was knocking at Nang Flor’s house every night.  That was why she decided not to sleep anymore in the village but at the poblacion (town proper).

It was said that the UTCEL leaders have received threats for sometime already:  to stop their activities otherwise they would all be liquidated. With the latest killing of Nang Flor, her colleagues are now gripped by fear, believing the threat as real.

The second angle involving their CADT is the planned entry of mining companies/interests in the area needing UTCEL’s free and prior informed consent. UTCEL’s stand is a firm NO to mining.

The third possibility asks the question, could there be a direct relation and mutual interest between the rival tribal group and the miners?

PAKISAMA calls on the Aquino Government to conduct a speedy and impartial investigation on the case and to bring to justice the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

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