A group of activists gets close to an Army truck full of soldiers while shouting “berdugo (butchers)” after a visit of President Benigno Aquino III in Davao City. The group held a protest several meters away from a school where Aquino visited to demand justice for the killings of Lumads in Mindanao. (John Rizle L. Saligumba/davaotoday.com)
Members of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao challenged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and President Benigno Aquino III to immediately act on the killings of three civilians in Surigao del Sur town by militias believed to be supported by the Army.
It’s been a bloodbath for the Lumad, the collective name for the indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao.
A Manobo couple, who joined thousands to flee their residence, lost a daughter after she fell ill inside the provincial sports center in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur early Tuesday morning.