Issue of September 17, 2017
Mt. Province

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PNP, AFP seize guns, ammos in disputed Kalinga boundary
by Harley F. Palangchao

Tension due to boundary dispute between Tongrayan and Tulgao, two indigenous peoples group in Tinglayan, Kalinga, remains high, as police and military operatives seized high-powered and ammunitions near the disputed area.

Earlier, a member of the Tongrayan group, sustained a gunshot wound on his head allegedly perpetuated by a member of the Tulgao group. The wounded 27-year-old male victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Due to increased tension between the two groups, the police and military were deployed near the disputed boundary in Tinglayan to ensure peace and order.

On Sept. 12, residents reported to authorities gun bursts at the disputed boundary on the night of Sept. 11.

Police and military operatives conducted operations at Sitio Amfayaca in Barangay Luplupa, Tinglayan that resulted in the recovery of high-powered firearms and ammunitions.

Recovered were one bushmaster with scope, one M14 rifle, one M16 rifle, one M-79 grenade launcher, numerous empty shells, and magazines for M14, M16, and caliber .30.

Authorities also recovered live ammunitions for high-powered firearms, an Icom radio, and one cellular phone.

In Baguio, the Baguio City Police Office met with community elders and leaders from Kalinga to renew the declaration of Baguio and Benguet as peace zone, which means the tension in Tinglayan must not escalate in the two localities.

Earlier, traditional peace pact holders led the signing of a covenant declaring key areas in Kalinga and nearby provinces in Region II as peace zones, thwarting a possible escalation of a possible bloody conflict between the Tongrayan and Tulgao groups.

The time-tested traditional way of settling or mediating conflicts among ethno-linguistic groups or commonly known as bodong is being employed to prevent any escalation of conflicts.

The covenant stated that Tabuk City and the municipality of Rizal, both in Kalinga and nearby provinces of Cagayan and Isabela are declared matagoan or peace zones.

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