Lumad leaders and rights advocates condemned what was widely believed to be a clear case of politically-motivated arson against human rights victims, ironically a day before the 30th year anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25.
Fire gutted a temporary shelter for hundreds of Lumads on Wednesday dawn, February 24.
DAVAO CITY — Hundreds of Lumads here woke up to a fire on Wednesday, February 24, gutting their temporary shelter…
Over 100 Matigsalug tribal evacuees from Barangay Mangayon, Compostela Valley sought shelter at the barangay hall of Brgy. 74-A Matina Crossing after leaving their place.
After the afternoon mass on Wednesday at Baclaran church, priests, seminaries, and the Lumads who are delegates of the human rights caravan Manilakbayan 2015 marched from the church doorsteps up to the gates of the church compound showing their unity against the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit that ended Friday.
Churchgoers in Baclaran Church stop to look at the photo exhibit displayed along the path walk of the church. The exhibit were put up by the delegates of the human rights caravan Manilakbayan 2015 to show images of victims of extra-judicial killings and school attacks in Mindanao. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
A churchgoer in Baclaran Church takes time to read the leaflet distributed by volunteers of Manilakbayan 2015 which discusses the issues of the Lumads in Mindanao. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
Police forces assemble outside Baclaran church to guard the vendors from returning in the area. However, indigenous peoples who are protesting in Manila say the police were deployed for the Manilakbayan delegates who are now camping at the church compound. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
A church leader has called the government “insensitive” on the plight of the indigenous peoples.
Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manila visited the camp of Manilakbayan at Liwasang Bonifacio and expressed his support to the calls of the Lumads for a pull-out of military troops in their communities.