In the southern region of Mindanao, most of the 96 reported cases of political killings have targeted farmers and Lumad people, particularly those asserting for their basic rights.
Human rights advocates are alarmed at the military’s push for the passage of amendments to the Human Security Act (HSA) in exchange of the lifting of martial law in Mindanao.
The verdict on the Ampatuan massacre case is set on December 19, which will mark ten years of searching for justice for the killing of 58 persons, including 32 media people, in Sitio Masalay, Ampatuan in Maguindanao province.
A radio broadcaster who was ambushed in Central Mindanao a month ago succumbed to death on Sunday (Dec 1).
An international human rights group called the appointment of Vice President Leni Roberdo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) by President Rodrigo Duterte “a total sham.” This after the President announced Robredo’s sudden termination from the post she was appointed on just two weeks prior.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday (Nov 20) expressed dismay that the Philippine National Police has done no action to rectify its supposed mistake over the arrest of veteran journalist Margarita Valle.
A local court in Tagum City junked the remaining charges filed against Lumad educator and agriculturist Dominiciano Muya who was accused as a top-rank communist rebel.
Indigenous education continues to adapt to traditional forms in indigenous communities while also responding to the loss of indigenous knowledge brought about by colonization and globalization.
After walking along a steep, rough road in the middle of the hinterlands of Panalum, one sees the three-classroom building made of amakan leaves in the center of a hectare wide ancestral domain of the Ata tribe of Paquibato.
The SOS network said that Lumad schools have been constantly attacked by government troops. Prior to the Martial Law declaration in Mindanao, there have documented 87 incidents of attacks on schools under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte starting July 2016.