Incident Summary:

08/31/2015: Assailants set fire to a Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) cooperative and abducted Emerito Samarca in Lianga district, Surigao del Sur province, Philippines. Samarca, an Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development executive director, had his throat slit the following morning. This was one of two related attacks in the area overnight. The Magahat Militia claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Emerito Samarca was targeted for educating students with a specific ideology.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Surigao del Sur

Lianga district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV)
Specific Description Executive Director: Emerito Samarca
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU)
Specific Description Cooperative Building
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Magahat Militia Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Militia in lumad killings a 'monster created by military',", September 6, 2015.
"Lumad school director, 2 others killed in Lianga, Surigao Sur," MindaNews, September 1, 2015.
"Philippines: Magahat murder lumad school watchman in Surigao del Sur - Mindanao paper,", November 14, 2015.