URGENT ALERT: Lumad leader Datu Jomorito Goaynon and Farmer leader Ireneo Udarbe missing


Lumad leader Datu Jomorito Goaynon, chairperson of Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization, and Ireneo Udarbe, chairperson of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas – Northern Mindanao Region have gone missing since this morning (January 28, 2019).

The two left their office in Bulua at past ten in the morning. Their last communication to a staff of Kalumbay had been to inform him that they were stuck in traffic on the way to their meeting place from their office. It was around 11 in the morning. The two never got to their meeting place. None of their relatives or friends have seen or heard from them afterwards. Twice, calls to Datu Jomo were picked up but no one answered. His phone, as of this writing, can no longer be reached. Udarbe’s phone still rings but no one is picking it up.

The two were on their way to a meeting with Pig-uyonan, a member organization of Kalumbay. Pig-uyonan was scheduled to have a dialogue this morning with the 65th Infantry Battalion, facilitated by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

On January 22, Pig-uyonan, with Datu Jomorito, filed a complaint against the 65th IB for harassment and forced surrender. A tarpaulin bearing a picture of Datu Jomorito accusing him of recruiting the Lumad to the New People’s Army has also been hung in Talakag.

Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas call for anyone who has any information on the two to get in touch with them. Goaynon and Udarbe’s last communication was sent while they were commuting from Bulua to Carmen.

For any information please call Karapatan NMR:

09972659940 – TM/Globe
09207864424 – Smart/TNT

Michel Pineda
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas – NMR

Source: Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization facebook page

Date: January 28, 2019