On October 27, six armed men set on fire a corn sheller and a school at Kabulohan, Brgy. Buhisan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. The corn sheller was a donation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the community. The men also set on fire a UNICEF tarpaulin with a sign, “All schools are peace zones. Don’t use it as command post, detachment and supply depots. RA 7610 Protection of the Rights of Children”.
From a “glimmer of hope to extreme disappointment, if not righteous indignation” is how human rights victims and their families, UCCP Bishops, human rights groups, artists and writers, and members of the academe described their feelings over the “slow progress of many human rights cases” handled by the Department of Justice under Sec. Leila de Lima’s leadership.
“The brutal tradition of Gen. Palparan and his protégé, former 4th Infantry Division Major Gen. Ricardo Visaya, continues as units under the 4th ID rampages on communities of indigenous peoples in Surigao del Sur. The military operation resulted in the death of two Lumad and the disappearance of two others on October 24 and the subsequent evacuation of some 240 families in Lianga, Surigao del Sur on October 27,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.
Karapatan express outrage over arrest of NGO worker in Aquino gov’t hitlist The attacks on development workers and activists, through what rights groups call a hitlist of the Aquino regime, continue when Dominiciano Muya, staff/agriculturist of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Northern Mindanao (RMP-NMR), was arrested on October 16 in Tagum City.