All systems go for CARAA, tribal conflict contained
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
BAGUIO CITY — Provincial Officials of Kalinga assured the public and participating athletes that the sports competition for the Cordillera Administrative Regional Athletic Association (CARAA) meet in Tabuk City, Kalinga will push through as scheduled. Officials of the province said, the supposed tension between the Lubo and Mangali tribes is contained and will not disrupt the regional affair.
Kalinga Vice Governor Sonny Mangaoang said that local government units are closely coordinating in preparation for the CARAA meet slated on February 9 to 13 in Tabuk City. “Aside from assuring the security of the delegates, we also addressed the hosting to assure their food and other needs,” explained Mangaoang in a phone interview.
The seven municipalities and Tabuk City picked up the task to host delegates by province and Baguio City, said Mangaoang adding that by this system, assuring the protection of the delegates.
As to the tension between the Lubo and Mangali tribes of Kalinga, he said that the parties agreed that the law shall take its course. Those from both sides who allegedly committed an infraction of law should undergo due process and be sanctioned if proven to have done such.
It can be recalled that two members of the Lubo tribe allegedly fatally shot Mangali tribesman Sammy Luminang in Tabuk City on Janaury 18. One of the perpetrators, Fredie Tumbali was arrested by the police the next day while his companion Bong Coloma is still being pursued by the police.
The shooting was allegedly in revenge of the stabbing of Marvin Coloma, brother of Bong, in Philex, Tuba, Benguet by alleged members of the Mangali tribe. Tuba PNP officers however clarified that no such stabbing happened in Philex.
Mangaoang said that both tribes were convinced and agreed to follow the process of the law for those who committed the crime. “In fact, there is augmentation for the regular police deployed in the province for the safety of the CARRA meet,” he said.
In an interview with Kalinga Police Director Ernesto Gaab, he said that support will come from their PNP headquarters and the Philippine Army. He pointed out that the Mangali-Lubo tension will not in anyway affect the event. “We will not allow it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kalinga will also celebrate its provincial day with festivities on February 11 to 14. “We will also invite the delegates of the CARAA meet to extend their stay to join us on these days,” ended Mangaoang. # nordis.net