My cousin Tom who is a year younger than I was murdered last week. He was a law student, an only son and never got into trouble. He just finished his finals examinations and was about to drive home. Armed men got into his vehicle after he opened it and let him drive to Marawi – a muslim populated area in Mindanao. His body was found on the side of the road there with a wound on his head, his heart and diagonal from neck down.

This is a great loss for us and I hope it will make the local officials of my home province to step up security and put in the minds of the minority that their welcome is expiring. They cannot be allowed to do business if they keep on harassing and killing the locals (part of the majority).

Do not blame me for my hatred, it stemmed out from several events done to my family.

This is the second this year. The first was a van with a driver and two passenger, one of the passengers we know – armed men entered it and when the police and government officials were informed, they buried the van along with driver and the two passengers.

I hope these beings lower than animals who did these killings will be found and the same things done to them and slowly. So they fell the hurt the families feel and our loss. It is not about pride and honour of religion – these are brutal killings ( they like the vehicle, the grab it and kill the driver).
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The story they put on the side of the picture is something else, the military wasn’t to blame for this. The photo should be beside this article.

Correct article to put the photograph…

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Local officials urge probe on student’s death
By Lizanilla J. Amarga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano Monday called for a full-blown investigation on the “senseless and barbaric” murder of a fourth year law student.

Emano said he is deeply saddened by the killing of Xavier University (XU) College of Law fourth year student Tamtam Edpan.

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The incident, he added, hurts his efforts to unify the Muslims, Christians, and Lumads (tribes people) in the city.

Governor Moreno, who served as a professor in XU-Law, said Edpan was one of his students in Secured Transactions last school year.

“I gave him a good grade. I condemned in the strongest possible terms the senseless and barbaric killing of a very decent promising young man,” he said.

He urged police to “leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice.”

The Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental and the City Council of Cagayan de Oro passed separate resolutions Monday strongly condemning the brutal murder of Edpan, a member of the Vocis Atenae and Fraternitas Scintilla Legis.

Cagayan de Oro City Police Director Aurelio Trampe will be invited to the City Council session next Monday so he could provide members with updates on the police investigation.

The regional office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) did an autopsy Monday on Edpan’s body.

Edpan sustained injuries and three gunshot wounds.

XU president Jose Ramon Villarin and XU-Law dean Raul Villanueva, together with various XU-Law student organizations, met Monday to form the Justice for Tamtam Movement.

The group will be mapping out various activities to keep the probe on Edpan’s death going and to push authorities to exert all efforts in ensuring the arrest of the law student’s killers.

The NBI in Northern Mindanao said it received reports tagging a group of Maranaos as behind the kidnapping of Edpan last Thursday evening and the theft of his Tunda Green Mitsubishi Adventure.

Edpan was found dead at a remote area in Barangay Sigayan, Taraka, Lanao del Sur last Saturday. His vehicle was nowhere to be found.

Reports showed that the rate of car thefts in the city tended to soar especially during election season. (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/Sunnex)

The wrong article to put my dead cousin’s photo.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Family recants story, blames Army anew
By Danilo V. Adorador III

DAYS after saying they had no idea who killed their father, daughters of slain activist Dalmacio Gandinao took back what they said in a recent military sponsored press conference — pointing their fingers again on government troops stationed in the Misamis Oriental town of Salay.

The new twist came Monday in a separate press conference called by militant group Karapatan-Northern Mindanao Region, where Gandinao’s daughters–Ermenilda and Epifania–also denied their father was doubling as a government informant.

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But that was not their tone in last Friday’s press conference at the Army’s Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro, where the Gandinao siblings suggested Karapatan had prodded them into blaming the death of their father to the military.

The Gandinao siblings said Karapatan had promised them they will “take care” of the legal aspects of Dalmacio’s killing, and told to blame the military.

But Ermenilda had an explanation for the sudden turn-around.

“I and my other siblings were tricked into that military-sponsored press conference. The statements we made during that day were the products of our fear,” she said.

She clarified, however, that she and her siblings were not forced to attend the military-sponsored conference but only duped by military personnel who told they were only invited in the town’s Army detachment.

“We were surprised to be told in the last minute that we are going to Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro for a press conference.”

In that presscon, Salay Vice Mayor Reynaldo Rafisura and four village chiefs requested the military to remain in the town–fearing the New People’s Army (NPA) would exploit the absence of government troops in the town.

Joining that call was another Gandinao sibling, Danilo, who said he believes the NPA was responsible for his father’s death. Danilo was not around in Monday’s Karapatan-sponsored media briefing.

Aside from the 42-year-old Dalmacio, two other militants have been gunned down in Salay, which is identified by the Fourth Infantry Division (4ID) as one of the NPA lairs east of the province.

The latest casualty — 56-year-old Siche Gandinao who was gunned down early this month — was the elder Gandinao’s niece-in-law.

The two Gandinaos, along with Ernesto Ladica who was killed last year, are community volunteers of the militant Bayan Muna and members of the Misamis Oriental Farmers Association (Mofa).

Militants blamed their deaths to the military–a claim denied by the 4ID.

But Major General Jose Barbieto, 4ID division chief, countered that the killings points to an ongoing purge inside the NPA operating in the province.

Barbierto said the Gandinaos were military informants, a claim denied by Dalmacio’s two daughters.

Epifania, Dalmacio Gandiano’s eldest child, said the military had not provided them anything, or even visited the wake of their father.

None of the 4th ID’s spokespeople responded when reached by Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro comment Monday afternoon.