The 27th Infantry Battalion dropped four bombs near Sityo Kapanal, a T’boli community in Barangay Gasi, Kiamba, Sarangani Province, early Sunday.
Local human rights organizations disclosed in a report that residents were awakened by loud bomb explosions and bursts of gunfire at around 5:00 a.m. Some residents said that they heard a fighter jet flying overhead before the airstrike and strafing were carried out.
Residents expressed that the attack could have resulted in civilian casualties noting that some of them woke up early and were already at their farms. They are yet to obtain information about the damages the airstrike has dealt.
Approximately 300 government troopers of the said unit are currently occupying the said village. Intense military operations continue in the area despite the Duterte regime’s ceasefire declaration last month.
Kiamba and adjacent towns are host to Lapanday’s banana plantation which is owned by the landlord comprador Lorenzo family, and the large-scale operations of the Kiamba Mining Corporation. These companies are notorious for grabbing and occupying thousands of hectares of ancestral lands.