Lumad organizations and their advocates are calling for the immediate release of the seven Lumad who were arrested in a raid in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental and are facing what they claim as trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
A union of banana plantation workers in Davao de Oro province expressed alarm over they were red-tagged by a vice mayor and military in a news report.
Members of Xavier University (XU) staged a gathering outside the campus Friday (June 26) expressing support on charges filed against persons allegedly responsible for the death of XU’s alumnus Darwin Dormitorio.
Authorities arrested on Friday seven Lumad whom they claim are New People’s Army members in an operation in Barangay Blanco, Balingasag town in Misamis Oriental, a charge condemned by the Lumad group Kalumbay.
The closure of another Lumad school in Davao Region prompted a Lumad leader in Congress to question the Department of Education if they are acting on the interests of the Lumad children who are now denied of another community school.
The Lumad group Pasaka denounced another round of false reporting in local news that a third Lumad died in their UCCP Haran sanctuary and was secretly buried in the Wireless Cemetery.
“Justice delayed, justice denied,” says Fidelina Margarita Valle, columnist for Davao Today, remembering her experience a year ago being taken by police agents at an airport.
The death of urban poor activist leader Carlito Badion comes a day after Congress pushed for the Anti-Terror Bill to the plenary on May 30, as progressive lawmakers warned his killing is a prelude to how the bill will target critics and activists.
A court case against former AnakPawis Congressman Ariel Casilao and six relief volunteers for alleged violating quarantine rules was dismissed by the court of Norzagaray, Bulacan.
A United Nations (UN) official slammed countries like the Philippines where law enforcement has been acting beyond international law in the use of force while implementing quarantine measures.