MANILA – A local leader of an indigenous people group opposed to a palm oil plantation was shot dead by suspected state agents in San Nicolas, Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City, October 3.
At around 3 p.m. yesterday, Gilbert Paborada, 47, chairman of Pangalasag (Indigenous Shield), was about to alight from a motorela (public tricycle) when he was shot at by two motorcycle-riding men, according to the initial data gathered by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP)-Northern Mindanao Region (NMR).
Witnesses said one of the men moved closer to Paborada and fired at him again in the head. Paborada sustained five gunshot wounds: two on his chest, one in the abdominal area and another on his hand. He was dead on the spot.
The gunmen on board a white motocross-type motorcycle quickly sped away.