Mountain News: Three hiking guides shot dead in Mt. Banahaw, Dolores, Quezon

According to a report from Abante Tonite and as corroborated with our contacts in Dolores, Quezon, three persons, namely Robert Villapando, Hadjie Rebandao, and Joey Rebandao were shot dead while resting on a tent in Sitio Banca, Mt. Banahaw, in Dolores, Quezon. There are no statements yet from the police as to whether this act was perpetuated by elements of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Some mountaineers have told informed us, through email and through the PinoyMountaineer Facebook page, that they have met these persons, or have contracted their guiding services in Mt. Cristobal and Mt. Banahaw in the past.

Concerns regarding the safety of mountaineers in Mt. Banahaw have been expressed. The mountain is still officially closed to the public though permits have been issued since last year, and ‘backdoor’ entries are in vogue. We are still awaiting the reaction of Ms. Sally Pangan, PASU of Mt. Banahaw- San Cristobal National Park, regarding this incident.

Even before conclusions as to the nature of the crime can be drawn, we strongly condemn this act. No person, no matter how bad, deserves to be murdered, and the rule of law must prevail and be enforced even on the mountains.

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13 Comments on "Mountain News: Three hiking guides shot dead in Mt. Banahaw, Dolores, Quezon"


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mataripis
8 years 4 months ago

maigi nga na palagiang ipagbawal ang pag akyat sa bundok na iyan.Hindi naman nababantayan ng Pangasiwaan ang bawat taong naakyat dyan kaya sang ayon ako sa ipinatutupad nilang batas dyan.

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Anonymous
9 years 2 months ago

Katataka-taka lang kasi na nagpaguide ang mga pumatay sa kanila at ang ginamit na pampatay ay kalibre 45 na hindi dinadala ng mountaineers, kung hunter sila ay dapat panghunting ang baril tulad ng rifle. Ang ibig kong sabihin ay mukhang premeditated ang pagpatay sa kanila. Tandaan na may ipinaglalaban silang lupain sa bundok at sila ay nanalo na sa kasong iyon. Iyan ay ayon na rin sa kanila. Ilang taon na namin nakasama ang tatlong ito lalo na si Paco at Hadji at kahit kailan ay wala naman kaming naranasang pangaabuso o kabastusan sa tatlo bagkus sila ay magagalang, baka ibang tao ang tinutukoy ng mga naunang nagkomento.

Guest
9 years 2 months ago

kahit nman gnon kasama ang isang tao hindi sila dapat pinatay, un nga lng bka hindi n nkapag timpi ung pumatay sa kanila.

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Anonymous
9 years 2 months ago

yap tama ka dyan dapat gawing parang mt.pulag

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Anonymous
9 years 2 months ago

Pasaway naman kai yang Joey na yan at adik at manyakis pa akalain mo na bastusin nya mga kasama namin na babae karma nya lang yan dhail sinisra nya imahe ng mga tga kinabuhayan