Lumad communities in Mindanao have been sending distress calls as government forces and paramilitary groups stage direct attacks on schools in tribal villages.
Author Archives: ALEX D. LOPEZ
Lumad and Moro delegates of this year’s Lakbayan of National Minorities gather for the 2nd Assembly of SANDUGO or the alliance of national minorities on Monday, September 4, at the University of the Philippines – Diliman campus. (Alex D. Lopez/davaotoday.com)
Delegates to this year’s Lakbayan of National Minorities joined the Lumads from Northern Mindanao in the commemorating the 2nd year anniversary of the “Lianga Massacre” on Friday, Sept. 1 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The victims of the massacre were Lumad leaders, Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo and school director Emerito Samarca. (Alex D. Lopez/davaotoday.com)
The journey of the indigenous people and the Moro people from Mindanao to Manila to air out their demands to the government becomes an opportune time to share their unique cultures, traditions, and practices to the indigenous people from the northern part of the country. Photo shows a boy from Cordillera in discussion with a Lumad girl from Talaingod, Davao del Norte in Mindanao. (Alex D. Lopez/davaotoday.com)
Over 2,500 Lumads, Moro people and other sectors from various parts of the country now converge in Metro Manila for this year’s Lakbayan of National Minorities for Self Determination, Justice and Peace. Lakbayan will last until September 21.
Almost half of them come from Mindanao. Other support groups from the peasant and religious sectors join the Lakbayan.
Delegates of this year’s “Lakbayan of National Minorities” meet with farmers and peasants who have been conducting a camp out at the historic Mendiola Bridge in Manila on Thursday, August 31. (Alex D. Lopez/davaotoday.com)
Thousands of “Lakbayan” delegates from various parts of the Philippines have now hit the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila after days of journey. Some came from Mindanao and Visayas, while others from the edge of Luzon.
Hundreds of farmers greet Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano after the powerful Commission on Appointments postponed his confirmation during its session at the Senate on Wednesday, August 30. (Alex D. Lopez/davaotoday.com)
The existence of a humanitarian crisis in Marawi is real and can be gleaned from the situation of the thousands of residents who were forced to abandon their abodes and are now temporarily settling in various evacuation centers in the area.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Jr said the New People’s Army is collecting around P1.2 billion in revolutionary taxes every year from various mining areas in Mindanao.