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HRD Attack

28 Feb 2021

Julie Catamin

Incident date
28 Feb 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
Julie Catamin
Affected community's leader or member, Indigenous peoples
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Philippines
Export-Import Bank of Korea South Korea Finance & banking Company Response
Daewoo E&C South Korea Construction, Engineering Company Response
Other actors


On February 28, 2021, Julie Catamin, chief of the Roosevelt Tumandok village in the Philippines, was shot dead by riding-in-tandem assailants on her way home while driving a motorcycle in Calinog town in Iloilo. Catamin had prior death threats and  reported these to the police in Tapaz. According to reports, Catamin was summoned to the military detachment on February 25 and was warned to stop seeking help from the church and militant organizations like Bayan Muna. It was also reported that members of the Philippine National Police - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group were looking for her prior to her murder. Prior the supposed threats and her death, Catamin boldly accused on social media the authorities who arrested four residents of their village of planting firearms and explosives. Local group allege that this murder is part of a pattern of attacks aimed to halt and derail the investigation on what happened during the synchronized police operations in December 2020, when nine tribal leaders were gunned down. Catamin was also supposed to be a key witness in the defense of the seventeen Tumandok tribe members who were arrested during the police operation. Members of the tribe are among those at the forefront in opposing an ongoing P11.2-billion mega-dam project in Calinog, which the tribe said would displace residents in at least 16 out of 17 indigenous communities. The project is financed by a loan from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEDF) of South Korea, issued through the Export-Import Bank of Korea in 2012, and is to be implemented by Daewoo Engineering and Construction.