Manobo farmer shot, community members flee for safety

While urban centers are bombarded with advertisements and campaign materials of politicians running for office, BS Aquino and the AFP bombards the remote communities of Lumad with guns and bullets, human rights group Karapatan said. 

Ama Benjie dela Peña in hospital 


We strongly condemn the recent burning of our ALCADEV satellite school in Sitio Km. 30, Brgy. Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur! At around 2:00 in the morning of November 12, six unidentified men burned down the teachers’ cottage destroying books, school supplies, instructional and learning materials, stocks of rice, power generator set, audio-video equipment, sewing machine, kitchen utensils and farm tools. About 5,000 banana and abaca seedlings in the school nursery of hardwood and fruit trees located adjacent to the cottage were also destroyed.

Teacher's cottage of ALCADEV burned to the ground 

Teacher's cottage burned to the ground 

Multiple murder filed vs. named paramilitary and military perpetrators of killing rampage in Lianga

September 7, 2015, Lianga, Surigao del Sur – Witnesses to the September 1, 2015 killing of MAPASU Chairman Dionel Campos, ALCADEV Executive Director Emerito Samarca and Manobo Datu Juvello Sinzo and other complainants formally filed criminal charges against known perpetrators and other John Does at the Surigao del Sur Prosecutor's Office in Lianga late this morning.

Campos arrest is blatant political harassment! – Karapatan Caraga

“Jalandoni Campos’ arrest is blatant political harassment against progressive people’s organizations and partylists,”, states Dr. Naty Castro, secretary general of Karapatan Caraga.

96 Mamanwa and Bisaya families evacuate anew amid renewed military harassment – KASALO, KALUMARAN

Some 241 individuals, mostly women and children, from a remote village in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte evacuated anew after about 100 elements of the Special Forces of the 4th Infantry Division under a certain Col. Camba encamped in their community and harassed the locals.
On November 10 at around 2 pm, 47 Lumad Mamanwa families and 49 peasant families hiked 12 kilometers from Sitio Zapanta Valley to the barangay multipurpose hall in Brgy. Bangayan Proper, along the National Highway in Kitcharao. Fearing for their safety, the residents decided to evacuate because of the prolonged presence of the military in their community.
Genasque Enriquez, Secretary-General of Kahugpongan sa Lumadnong Organisasyon (KASALO) based in Caraga region, lambasted the renewed military operation saying it is “the second time this year that the people in Kitcharao were forced to leave their homes because of military operation. This is also the fourth case of forced evacuation in the whole of the CARAGA region.”
“The military operation is meant to silence the people’s opposition against the exploitation of the region’s natural resources, especially our mineral resources. The Aquino government’s counterinsurgency campaign, the Oplan Bayanihan is also directed against those who oppose its programs that essentially favor the interests of the foreign big business,” asserted Enriquez.

Stop military operations in Manobo communities in Surigao!

The human rights alliance Karapatan denounces the continued military operations of the 58th IBPA at Lianga, Surigao del Sur which caused the evacuation of over 300 families or 1,795 individuals, mostly lumads (indigenous peoples), from their homes.

Albert Terredano

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