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Alice Omengan-Claver

posted Aug 4, 2011, 3:13 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Aug 7, 2011, 5:19 PM ]

Alice Omengan-Claver was a native of Sagada, Mountain Province and wife of Dr. Chandu Claver. As a college student in Manila during the 1980s, she was an active member of the indigenous people’s umbrella group, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance-Manila. Upon return to Tabuk, Alice had been very generous in providing support to people’s organizations including the CPA. While she was not at the forefront of the mass movement in Kalinga, she made invaluable contributions to support it. When she married Dr. Chandu Claver, a doctor of the people, and human rights advocate, Alice provided the necessary support to her husband while mainly taking care of their three daughters.

On July 31, 2006, the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo regime pulled the trigger on political activist, Dr. Constancio “Chandu” Claver, Jr.  Knowing no mercy, the killers, believed to be military operatives, also targeted Dr. Claver’s 42 -year old wife, Alice, and their 11-year old daughter, Cassandra by ambushing their van with high powered rifles in Bulanao, Tabuk. While Dr. Claver and Cassandra survived the shooting, Alice was not able to survive after struggling for life for five hours from multiple gunshot wounds. Dr. Claver, 49 years old, has incurred two gunshot wounds in the left arm and chest. A bystander, Janice Ewag, a 23 years old student and part of Tanudan tribe, also incurred two gunshot wounds in the hips. `Alice became a martyr of the people, even if the actual target for killing was the husband.

From CPA Statement on the Attempted Political Assassination Attempt on Dr. Chandu Claver

 *After four years, Alice’s assassins have not been apprehended. According to Dr. Claver, “There were a lot of mishandling of witnesses and intimidation. This mishandling has actually caused a lag in the investigation.”