Rano Memorial stand as a symbol of the Filipino people’s strong condemnation of the CPP-NPA and its terrorist acts and as a tribute to the 39 Bagobo-Tagabawa who gathered for worship at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines who were massacred in Sitio Rano, Barangay Binaton, Digos Citty on June 25, 1989 by a group of NPA rebels led by alias “Kumander Bensar”.
Year after its inauguration, we are once again greeted with hatred for the abomination that befell our fellow countrymen the Bagobo-Tagabawa because of the actions of the ruthless communist terrorist groups that have done nothing but sow violence in the government that leads to the killing of innocent people.
“We will not forget the sanctity of our job as a public servant and how, when we hold a public office, what we really hold in our hands are the safety of the Filipino people and their children,” Presidential Communications Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy, said in a statement
“On this day 33 years ago, blood gushed in Rano. Children were stabbed repeatedly so that they swam in their own blood. The last moments of their brief lives on Earth were full of terror, being chased by full-grown mad men with machetes and seeing their own fathers beheaded.” said Badoy
This year’s commemoration was attended by Director General of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Alex Paul Monteagudo, Police Brigadier General Thomas Frias Jr., Executive Officer, Area Police Command-Eastern Mindanao (APC-EM) Digos City Vice Mayor Atty. Johari Bana, Allen Capuyan, NCIP Commissioner, Bai Limpayen Sibug Las, Mindanao NCIP Commissioner, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other distinguished guests from both public and private sectors along with the tribal chieftains and leaders.
33 years have passed but the sadness, pain ang anger is still obvious to the Bagobo-Tagabawa and they’ve said that they will never ever forget it until their last day on earth and it is a way to unite their tribe and further strengthen it with help of PNP and AFP.
The only wish of the natives was that the rano massacre be the last memorial to be commemorated year after year because they believe that due to the NTF ELCAC the rebel force continues to weaken and hope that in the coming years the rebels will eventually disappear and be defeated so they could achieve justice for the 39 Bagobo-Tagabawa killed by the CPP-NPA.