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”.
Father Teody Holgado, head priest of Baclaran church, links arms with Mindanao’s first woman chieftain (center) along with other Lumad leaders in Pasay City, Sunday evening. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
Kitaotao town mayor Lorenzo Gawilan Jr., urged the filing of administrative charges against the chief of Barangay White Culaman who closed down a Lumad school last Friday.