Father Godofredo Alingal was born in on June 24, 1922 in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte in the Philippines. He first served in the province of Bukidnon, subsequently moving to Ateneo de Naga, Cagayan de Oro City, and back to Bukidnon. He helped local farmers there start a credit union and a grains marketing cooperative; he even helped found the Kibawe chapter of the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF). Always advocating on behalf of the poor and marginalized, Father Alingal started a community organization program and spoke out against electoral fraud through the Blackboard News Service, a service he created to broadcast suppressed news via a giant blackboard outside the local church. He also served his local parish as a priest at Immaculate Conception Church and as the director of the Stella Matutina Academy. However, his active role resulted in a number of death threats and, eventually, his death.

On the evening of April 13, 1981, Father Alingal heard two of his parish houseboys cry out in front of the rectory at Immaculate Conception Church where he lived in Kibawe, Bukidnon. Opening his front door, Father Alingal was confronted by five masked men, one of whom shot him in the heart with a .45 caliber automatic. Father Alingal died minutes later in the arms of a local physician; he was only 59 years of age.