Women Lumad leaders who joined Manilakbayan plead to Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada to extend their stay at Liwasang Bonifacio up to November 22. Erap said it is the national government that prevents them to stay just up to November 12 in preparation for APEC summit here. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
The City Council of Manila on October 27 passed a resolution expressing support to the plight of Lumads or tribes from Mindanao. Resolution No. 423 urges the national government to stop paramilitary attacks against tribal communities in Mindanao. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
A Matigsalog leader from Talaingod, Davao del Norte, Bai Bibyaon Bigkay, gives a necklace to Atty. Rosario Setias-Reyes (in blue), president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, to show her tribe’s gratitude on the assurance of the lawyers group to help the Lumads on their call to stop the killings of their leaders and tribal members. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
A lawyers’ group criticized President Benigno Aquino on the creation of paramilitary groups in tribal communities, calling it “no longer needed [because these are] peaceful in the first place”.
DILIMAN, Quezon City – A Friday night of cultural performances was prepared by the lumad delegates of the human rights…
Lumads who marched from Mindanao and have converged here picketed at the national office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to demand its closure for alleged failure to solve Lumad killings in Mindanao.
Delegates of the human rights caravan, Manilakbayan from Mindanao marched from their camp inside the University of the Philippines Diliman to the national office of the Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday morning to condemn the agency’s “slow response” on the investigation of the cases of Lumad killings in Mindanao.
Ariel Casilao, Anakpawis Partylist first nominee, said that accusing the Lumads and their supporters as communists or NPAs “is the reason why there are illegal detention, massacres and killings in Mindanao”.