Lumad students and their teachers are still camped out at the Department of Education central office in Pasig City.
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“It’s one of our initiatives to ensure that children continue to learn while demanding immediate action from the government.”
Stories of courage and perseverance of Lumad students and teachers poured out at the gathering.
“We came here to demand justice,”
“We are appealing to the public, as well as the international community to unite and defend Lumad schools in Mindanao.”
“They executed an affidavit and yet they are in the custody of the military. So what was the motive behind that?”
““We will take back our lands! We will get justice.”
“Let the schools continue to operate.”
“We bring home victory: the support of a broad range of people to the people’s resistance in Mindanao, which is also the Filipino people’s struggle.”
“We are here not because we pity you, we are here because you have human rights.”
“These beacons of hope for the indigenous communities are now being shadowed over by the continuing threat of militarization and development aggression.”