Incident Summary:

12/31/2019: Assailants abducted Higaynon tribal leader Bontola Tinaghao Mansinugdan and his son, identified as Gali, in Kinamaybay, Agusan del Sur, Philippines. Mansinugdan was shot and killed while Gali was released on January 1, 2020 and his son was released. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the New People's Army (NPA).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Agusan del Sur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tribal Leader: Bontola Tinaghao Mansinugdan
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) Northeastern Mindanao Regional Command No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 30
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
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"Gov't, communist rebels end ceasefire marred by alleged violations," CNN Philippines, January 7, 2020.
"Ceasefire with Reds ends; military operations resume," Malaya Business Insight, January 7, 2020.