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HRD Attack

30 Dec 2020

Reynaldo Katipunan - Tumandok indigenous community

Incident date
30 Dec 2020
Date accuracy
All Correct
Reynaldo Katipunan
Tumandok indigenous community
Indigenous peoples, Affected community's leader or member
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 December 30, 2020, Filipino police officers raided Indigenous villages within a military reservation camp in the central Philippines in search of alleged members of the outlawed New People’s Army (NPA). During the raid, authorities attacked unarmed members of the Tumandok community while asleep, killing nine indigenous leaders and arresting at least seventeen other people. Those killed were leaders of their Tumandok indigenous communities and included Roy Giganto, Reynaldo Katipunan, Barangay Lahug, Galson Catamin, Eliseo Gayas Jr., Maurito Diaz, Artilito Katipunan, Mario Aguirre, Jomar Vidal and Rolando Dia. The operation displaced around 500 people from their homes. Local groups deny affiliations to the NPA and claim that those who were killed had been red-tagged for their opposition to the ongoing construction of the Jalaur Mega Dam in the nearby municipality of Calinog. 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.