More than 300 individuals from remote Lumad communities in Surigao del Sur fled from their homes early this week due to the series of aerial bombings and harassments, a local Lumad leader reported.
A group advocating education for indigenous peoples is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) in the region to order the government forces to leave the lumad communities so that the children can continue schooling in the lumad schools at Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
It was in 1994 when Datu Tungig Mansumuy-at started to witness how its leader Datu Guibang Apoga, showed his strength of character to lead the Ata-Manobo tribe in the hinterlands of Talaingod to fight back in defense of Pantaron Range, the tribe’s frontier homeland.
A tribal leader has expressed his dismay over the resetting of the peace talks between the Duterte administration and the communist rebels saying the indigenous peoples (IPs) of Mindanao are the first victims of the ongoing armed conflict being waged by the guerrillas against the government.
Attacks and harassments of indigenous people’s schools and communities have continued, the organization Save our Schools Network has reported.
Pasaka Lumad confederation slammed the harassment of the 56th Infantry Battalion and paramilitary group ALAMARA to Lumad leader and chieftain of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon, Datu Guibang Apoga.
Lumad schools in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley marked their first day of classes with heavy military presence and harassment.
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) community outreach department partnered with a Lumad school here to mark the university’s thrust to support accessible education for indigenous people of Mindanao.
It was a joyous moment for Lumad schoolchildren — no strangers to fear and terror — who marched like ordinary carefree graduates, upbeat and oozing with pride.
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