Duterte orders police to investigate Haran fire

Feb. 25, 2016
Datu Mintroso Malibato, chairperson of Karadyawan, a lumad organization from Kapalong, Davao del Norte shows a backpack with 1.5 liters of gasoline that was seen at the back of the burned student dormitory. (Photo by Ace Morandante/davaotoday.com)

Datu Mintroso Malibato, chairperson of Karadyawan, a lumad organization from Kapalong, Davao del Norte shows a backpack with 1.5 liters of gasoline that was seen at the back of the burned student dormitory. (Photo by Ace Morandante/davaotoday.com)

DAVAO CITY — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has told the local police to probe into the fire that broke out at an evacuation camp inside a church-owned property hours after Wednesday midnight, February 24.

Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesperson, said the mayor wants the police to find evidence whether the incident that injured at least five indigenous peoples, four of them children, was indeed a case of arson.

“Duterte and the peace-loving people of Davao sympathize with the plight of the lumad and join their call for respect for their right to self-determination, right over their ancestral land, cultural integrity, meaningful economic growth, and justice,” Laviña said in a statement.

Results of the investigation by the Bureau of Fire Protection indicated that the fire inside the Haran compound of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) was done deliberately. They said traces of evidence — a backpack with 1.5 liters of gasoline and a torch found in the property — proves that the fire was caused by arson.

Also, another white gallon container was discovered at the Philippine American Veterans Masonic Memorial Park which sits just across the compound.

Photos: Lumad evacuees’ camp, dormitory burned

The Lumads, most of the Manobo ethnic group, have kept coming back to UCCP’s Haran compound due to the unabated military presence in their communities, where government troops engage in combat with the New People’s Army (NPA). As such, they are often caught in between, with the military constantly tagging them as supporters of the Maoist rebels.

Anger over ‘barbaric’ torching

In Manila, Bayan Muna partylist representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate condemned the Haran arson incident and likened it as reminiscent of Martial Law.

Colmenares pointed out the incident’s resemblance to events during Martial Law, where communities of indigenous peoples and peasants were set on fire by secret police forces.

“We cannot let this sort of crimes continue to this day,” Colmenares said.

For his part, Zarate slammed the Aquino regime for its inutility in resolving the systematic killings against the Lumads in Mindanao.

“Clearly, there is a systematic attack to the lumad people, yet the the President has done nothing to stop it,” he said. (davaotoday.com)

  • Bert Yung

    Duterte tunay kang may tapang at lakas kayong dalawa ni Cayetano ang mgpapaunlad sa ating bansa.,

  • Anthony Hernandez

    para sa matpang na pagbabago Duterte and Cayetano lamng

  • Dennis Brad

    tunay na may laban at tapat sa lahat Duterte and Cayetano para sa lahat.

  • dora curtis

    laban lang Duterte alam namin ang mga pinagdadaanan ninyo ni Cayetano kaya laban lang po dahil kami na mga supporters niyo ay patuloy na mglalaban.

  • Roxanne Rey

    para sa agarang pag-asenso ng bayan alam namin na pag kayo ang namahala Duterte and Cayetano lang para sa bayan.

  • Josh Areopagita

    yan ang Duterte and Cayetano kahit anong gawin saknila ng mga kalaban nila hindi sila papatinag para sa bayan sila ay lalaban mabuhay po kayo Duterte and Cayetano.

  • John Daet

    Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at Duterte, nasa kamay niyo ang ganap na asenso. Tunay na makatao, maayos na serbisyo.

  • Sarah Santos

    Kailangan namin ng katulad niyo na magaling na leader ng bansa!!! Sen. Cayetano para VP at Duterte naman for President!

  • Kimberly Imperyal

    Yan ang tunay na pagbabago. Matapang na solusyon, mabilis na aksyon! Kaya Duterte Sen. Cayetano na!!

  • Justine Perez

    Sila ay maaasahan sa kaayusan ng bayan, dapat natin tularan!Sen. Cayatano para Vice President at Duterte!!

  • Janine Tario

    Duterte at Cayetano, may paninindigan sa bayan, ilagay natin sa pwesto! Tayo na sa pagbabago!

  • Daisy Mendoza

    agarang aksyun matalinong solusyun serbisyong tapat yan ang naki2ta ko sa tambalang du30 and kuya alan, kaya sila lng ang narrpat na mahalal ngayong darating na eleksyon

  • Carol Torres

    may paninindigan ba ang hanap ninyo? sila sen alan at mayor duterte lang ang sagot dyan. sila na ang sgot s prblma s sakit ng bayan.. alam ntn n mbilis nla masosolusyunan ang mga yan..

  • Michelle Mendoza

    sila mayor at sen alan lang talag ang may malinaw n plataporma n gusto maaus ang bansa ntn kaya sila lang ang boboto ko s halalan..

  • Edwin Roxas

    wala n talaga ako hhlingin pa dhl s lahat ng linatag n plataporma nila mayor duterte at sen cayetano..nka suporta po ako s inyo.

  • Archie Trinidad

    basta kmi todo suporta para kay sen alan at mayor duterte dhl alam nmn n kaya nilang baguhn ang pamamalakad s pinas..

  • Jerry Canoy

    finally mayor duterte and sen cayetano come to save our country! we longing for a real change for so long ! go for the win mayor duterte and sen cayetano,

  • Cathy Carreon

    wala ng iba pa na may magndang hangarin sa bansa kundi duterte-cayetano lang para sa tunay na pagbabago,

  • Gerald Samonte

    oras na para pagbabago ay ating mkamtan,Duterte at Cayetano ating suportahan.,

  • Jayson Lee

    dun na tayo sa tambalang marami na ang nagawa at mrami pang gagawin sa knilang bayan. Duterte at Cayetano lng..

  • Charles Benham

    tuloy ang pagbabago sa kmay ng tambalang Duterte at Cayetano,.

  • Kevin Burgos

    wag na tayong mg dalawang isip sa ating iboboto sa halalan 2016, Duterte at Cayetano lng para sa tunay na pagbabago..

  • Ronel Padilla

    para sa maunlad na bansa, Duterte at Cayetano lng ang ating iboto sa halalan 2016..

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