Manobo evacuees play billiards using marbles and a mini board inside a church compound here where they have been staying for the last five months. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
Before the leaders of the Mercy Mission entered Purok 2, representatives from the Local Government Unit of Kitaotao Municipality have already entered the area on the same day for a separate activity of giving relief goods to the residents.
Datu Mintroso Malibato, spokesperson of Karadyawan, an organization of Manobo from Kapalong, Davao del Norte joins a protest outside the venue of the Commission on Human Rights’ public inquiry with regards to the situation of Lumads in Mindanao. Malibato urged the CHR to focus on the reported human rights violations by the Army and paramilitary groups. (Ace R.Morandante/davaotoday.com)
Commissioner Roberto Cadiz of the Commission on Human Rights says they will report their findings and recommendations to appropriate agencies for proper actions during the last day of their public inquiry related to the situation of Lumad evacuees in Mindanao. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
Aside from being required to sign on the logbook at the entrance and exit points of Barangay White Culaman in Kitaotao town, Bukidnon, other residents have also experienced restrictions in their communication after members of the Army allegedly prohibited them to use mobile phones.
The public inquiry of the Commission on Human Rights on the plight of tribal communities in southern Mindanao, held Thursday, dismayed a council of tribal elders and their support groups.
Farmer villagers in a village in Bukidnon, northern part of Mindanao is experiencing hamletting similar to the scenario of Martial Law, an independent fact-finding mission of human rights groups reports held last September 16-18.
The Office of the City Prosecutor here dismissed the case against 15 activists on allegations that they kidnapped and detained the Lumad evacuees in a church compound.
A high-school student from Davao City National High School finishes her poster which shows an image of a crying Lumad. The student is among those who joined the Literary and Arts Festival sponsored by the Save Our Schools Network held at the University of the Immaculate Conception Wednesday. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)