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.
As a pilot initiative, International Labor Organization (ILO) works closely with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to develop the Migrant Recruitment Advisor (MRA), and Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) to develop the Migrant Rights Violation Reporting System, also known as HAMSA.
Lumad leaders in Surigao del Sur scoffed at the military for their “outright lies and cover-up.”
“We are not terrorists, we are indigenous people.”
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.
Children rights advocates are launching a campaign to raise to 16 years old the age of accountability in statutory rape cases.