Tags: AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its most rabid apologists are trying desperately to stem the tide of public outrage here and abroad over the series of killings of unarmed lumad leaders, their supporters, and ordinary community members attributed to paramilitary groups created, funded, directed, and protected…

Tribal military recruitment deceptive, says Kalumaran

By DAVAOTODAY.com DAVAO CITY – A tribal alliance here said the renewed recruitment of tribesmen into the government military was not new and may be a ploy to allow the entry of large mining and logging operations in ancestral domains. “They have been wanting to organize a lumad battalion as a form of divide-and-rule tactic…

It is important to point out that while the Melo Commission report is kept under wraps, with only alleged parts of it revealed piecemeal, as suits the purposes of Malacañang, there can not be any meaningful nor even worthwhile response to it except that of continuing caution, if not skepticism. What the human rights organizations,…