The military is quick to insist that it was an “encounter” with members of the New People’s Army, while the family cries “massacre” over the death of five Lumad individuals in Sitio Mandum, Barangay Mendis, Pangantucan Bukidnon.
Claro Gawilan, chairman of the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa White Culaman (United Farmers of White Culaman) from Kitaotao town in Bukidnon speaks during their protest rally in San Pedro Street, Davao City on Thursday. The protesters accused the Army as responsible for the continuing harassment and killings of Lumads in Mindanao. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
An organization from Belgium has expressed its concern on the killings of Lumads in Mindanao and expected the government to investigate the involvement of soldiers in the killings.
Activist groups with Lumad leaders splash red paint unto themselves to show anger on the “continuing unresolved extrajudicial killings” in Mindanao during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III in Davao City on Wednesday. The groups said extrajudicial killings in the region are part of the state’s anti-insurgency campaign – Oplan Bayanihan. (Medel V. Hernani/davaotoday.com)
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.