Australian Professor Gill H. Boehringer is still being held at the Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport for almost a week now since Philippine authorities, particularly the Bureau of Immigration, denied him entry into the country on midnight of August 8, Wednesday.
The permits and other pertinent documents of the Center for Lumad Advocacy Networking and Services were in order and that there was no reason that its schools would shut down.
The human rights group Karapatan lauded the Manila Regional Trial Court that dropped the names of former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, peace consultant Rafael Baylosis, UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and lawyer Jose Molintas in the proscription petition filed by the Department of Justice in February 2018.
In time for the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Month, different indigenous people’s organizations lambasted the worsening violations of human rights as martial law continued to be implemented in Mindanao.
New cases of forced and fake surrenderees in Mindanao and death of a child due as a result of military operations were recently documented by an International Fact-Finding and Solidarity Mission (IFFSM) and the Commission on Human Rights.
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.
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.
Davao City Councilor Avegayle Dalodo Ortiz, Chair of the Committee on Children, Women and Family Relations, asked the City Council to pass a resolution supporting the pending Senate Bill increasing the age for determining statutory rape to provide stronger protection for children.
Most of the Indigenous People’s in Mindanao are currently facing some “dangerous games” being played by big capitalists and the government, particularly state forces. And these perilous undertakings are taking its tolls on the IPs – to their homes, communities, and identities. When the greed for huge profits play with graft and corrupt practices of those in power, the end result is catastrophic.
The Bangsamoro and Indigenous Peoples in the country are joining the massive and nationwide protest in time with the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.