Benjie Planos, a Bisaya settler living among the Manobos, and other leaders of KASAKA had been receiving death threats from the Philippine Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion and the paramilitary group Bagani. the militarization, KASAKA leaders said, is linked with the entry of New Britain Palm Oil Ltd, which is eyeing KASAKA’s ancestral domain.
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This elderly Manobo couple look serious even with the good news that they will finally return home to Loreto, Agusan del Sur after an agreement was signed with Mayor Dario Otaza to pull out the troops from their village and rehabilitate their farms. Some 500 Manobos stayed in Bankerohan Gym for 18 days since August 7 in protest of military operations in their village. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani)
by Don Pagusara Davao Today My neighbors ask: Sir, unsana man ningmgapanghitabokaronsaatongkatilingban? Nagkagrabena man ang paggamit og armas pagsulbad og mga…
By DAVAO TODAY
Hanimay Suazo of Karapatan Southern Mindanao who was with the medical team coming from Davao said there was chaos as they wanted to talk to provincial government officials to calm down the situation, especially when the adults were contained later by the police away from the children awaiting them. “They still have not eaten, it was like they were placed in a concentration camp,” exclaimed Suazo.
JOHN RIZLE L. SALIGUMBA
The Agusanons endured a grueling two-day travel circuiting two provinces. Starting Thursday, they walked four hours from their evacuation center in Barangay Kauswagan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur, crossed a river to reach the neighboring Laak, Compostela Valley. Then they took a bus that brought them to Tagum City in Davao del Norte at night. Friday morning they traveled to Prosperidad and held a camp-in until provincial officials responded.The Agusanons took this circuitous route to steer clear of the military.