Unidentified armed men ambushed an anti-mining tribal chieftain in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, early Tuesday, leaving him injured and his 12-year-old son dead, the military said.

Lucenio Manda, chairman of Brgy. Conacon and one of the four Subanen tribal leaders of Bayog, suffered a bullet wound to the back, while his son Jordan died on the spot, Army 1st Infantry Division spokesman Capt. Alberto Caber said.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m. while Manda and his son were passing near the junction of Brgys. Matin-ao and Datagan, on a motorcycle.

Manda was driving the motorcycle from lower Conacon to his home, when he and his son were fired upon by about five men, Caber said.

Members of the 53rd Infantry Battalion were deployed to help the local police track down the assailants and determine the motive for the attack on Manda, who is a known “anti-mining advocate,” Caber said. (John Roson)

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