Police and local government officials here agreed in a meeting with Lumad leaders for the pullout of military detachment and troops in Lianga town after indigenous people residents evacuated their communities early this month.
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More than 1,600 Lumad evacuees took the national highway on Monday, July 30, in a bid to reach the provincial capital Tandag City, as a protest against the military encampment of their communities.
The New People’s Army has finally freed a police officer they held captive for seven months.
Police Inspector Menardo Cui, Deputy Police Chief of Pres. Roxas Municipal PNP, is emotional when the custodial unit of the New People’s Army announced his release on Friday afternoon in a remote village at the boundary of Davao City and Magpet town, North Cotabato. (Mara S. Genotiva/davaotoday.com)
Lumad evacuees walk past a military checkpoint in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga town on Monday, July 16. The military barred the Lumad to enter the center of Barangay Diatagon, the Lumad were only allowed to pass after negotiations. (Mara S. Genotiva/davaotoday.com)
Lumad evacuees here hope to hear in President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address slated next week to end Martial Law in Mindanao, saying “the declaration has caused havoc” in their communities.
More than a thousand indigenous people from 15 rural villages in the municipalities of San Agustin, Tago, and Lianga, this province fled their homes on Monday, July 15, after a month of military encampment of their communities.
Davao Today accompanied the Save our Schools Network when it conducted a national fact-finding mission comprised of various rights groups on July 27 to 30 at Barangay Basak, Lebak to investigate the incidents of harassment, and encampment of Lumad schools and communities by government troops in the province.
Muslims gather for the Eid prayer at a mosque in Quezon Boulevard Ave., in Davao City to mark the end of a month-long fast, Friday, June 15, 2018. (Mara S. Genotiva/davaotoday.com)
Lumad schools in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley marked their first day of classes with heavy military presence and harassment.