Students and teachers from Salugpongan Ta’tanu Igkanogn Community Learning Center were warmly welcomed by the University of the Philippines – Diliman community on Jan. 26 as they continue to assail the on-going human rights violations in their respective communities.
In a statement, Salugpongan executive director Meggie Nolasco said the attacks against alternative Lumad schools have heightened anew this year. Soldiers threaten students and teachers and even destroyed their schools. She added that Salugpongan has 14 campuses that have temporarily closed its schools in the communities. Lumad students are currently holding their Bakwit Schools in UCCP Haran and other areas.
Nolasco said, “for that, we remain steadfast in our mission to deliver basic services to the Lumad people. We appeal to support groups and the public to echo our call to stop the attacks on the Lumad people, schools and communities. Let us also call to stop the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao and Scrap the WNA approach.”