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.
Members of different progressive groups in the region welcome the delegation of human rights caravan Manilakbayan 2015 from Matnog Port in Sorsogon up to the Plaza Quezon here Friday.
The delegates of Manilakbayan 2015 march outside the port of Matnog, Sorsogon in Bicol Region upon arrival of their barge from Samar on Friday morning.(Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
It was supposed to be a regular school day on Friday morning when teacher Evelyn Cabangal of the Misfi Academy in a village in Kitaotao town in Bukidnon was informed by the residents that they will be demolishing the school as ordered by the village chief.