|A Taut Daram Tribesman. Not the actual suspect.|
(Photo by Jacob Maentz)
So as for now, our contact is not recommending to do a traverse unless this issue is settled. They have tried to raise the issue to the PASU of palawan but as of now, they are still waiting for a response.
I have talked today to a female friend who was a common friend to one of the hikers in the group, which was attacked by the local tribesman. Below is some of the additional detail of the incident as was relayed to her.
- The attacked porter was not originaly planned to be hired by the group. After the porters insistance and since the group wants to help the locals earn extra income, they allowed him to join them. When the porter learned that they are doing the traverse (the group was already hiking), he kept on insisting to do the traditional trail. Btw, Mangriggit is on the traverse side of the mountain. This made the group conclude the the real target of the shooter was the porter. According to the group, the shooter also had a good chance of shooting any of them but only took a shot at the porter. The motive of the shooter was still not clear, as the porter did not give any detail.
The gun that was used was an improvised shotgun or locally known as "sumpak". The bullet went through the three layers of cookset and the porters nape was bruised.
Revenge or whatever. The danger to Hikers is that we might get caught in the crossfire. So if you are planning to do traverse, practice extra precaution.
I will give an update on any development if I get any new information. No word yet from the PASU as of posting time.