Incident Summary:

12/14/2019: Assailants ambushed Fernando Banayao, a barangay captain, in Gumitan, Davao del Sur, Philippines. Banayao and one other person were killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that the New People’s Army (NPA) was involved in the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Davao del Sur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Philippines
Specific Description Vehicle of Bangaray Captain: Fernando Banayao
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .45-caliber handgun and a 9-mm handgun were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The victims included Jennelyn Valenzuela. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been the result of personal enmity.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Police looking into personal grudge, NPA in Gumitan attack," Mindanago Times, December 17, 2019.