Environment advocate shot dead in Ifugao

Micaella Ilao, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 05:56 PM

Ricardo Mayumi. Handout photo from Ifugao Peasant Movement

BAGUIO CITY - The group leader of Ifugao Peasant Movement, activist (IPM) Ricardo Mayumi, was fatally shot in his home in Kiangan, Ifugao last Friday night. 

According to Chief Inspector Carolina Lacuata, Cordillera police information officer, witnesses saw two men running away from Mayumi's residence after the incident.

"Dalawang kalalakihan yung nakita na bumaril sa kaniya. Yung isa naka-suot ng black na jacket, yung isa naman ay naka-suot ng brown na jacket na naka-suot din ng helmet. Sila ay sinundan ng mga kapulisan pero wala silang nakita," Lacuata said.

The motive behind the killing is still unknown.

But human rights advocate group, KARAPATAN, claimed that Mayumi's killing is part of the military's efforts to attack activists involved in campaigns for people's rights and welfare.

KARAPATAN said Mayumi and other members of the IPM have been receiving death threats since 2012.

The group also said Mayumi was included in the 86th Infantry Battalion's (86th IB) target list last December 2014. The military claimed he was part of the New People's Army (NPA) leadership in the province.

A leader of the 86th IB, however, said they have nothing to do with the killing.

Mayumi was one of the environmental activists who opposed the proposed Quadriver mini-hydro dam in Tinoc, Ifugao.

Mayumi's group, IPM, said he had been actively communicating with different government agencies to oppose the project of Santa Clara Power Corporation.