Hawudon Jumar Bucales and two other elements of the Magahat-Bagani paramilitary force were killed in a firefight with the New People’s Army-Surigao del Sur last October 4. Red fighters ambushed Bucales at Sitio Mamsapranon, Barangay Banahao in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Bucales masterminded the massacre of ALCADEV executive director Emerito Samarca and Lumad leaders Datu Bello Sinzo and Dionel Campos on September 1, 2015.
Justice, which Lumads of Lianga have been denied of for over five years, has finally been served. After the massacre in 2015, the Armed Forces of the Philippines rewarded Bucales with cash, livelihood and power. They had him appointed as the mandatory representative of Lumads and as member of the the provincial tribal council. His paramilitary group is funded and directly operated by the 3rd IB. The group was involved in the combat operations and fake surrender campaign in Lianga over the past months.
A cadreman was also killed in an NPA ambush against a CAFGU detachment in Barangay Pakwan, Lanuza on October 3. A .45 caliber pistol was seized from him.