“The commissioners asked us more on the whereabouts of the New People’s Army, if they are also staying in our communities.”
“It would have been hard not to notice this forced confinement. There were no armed guards to restrict their movement.”
Among some 3,000 Lumads seeking refuge at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center, there are two mothers of nearly the same age named Maribel Enriquez. Both seek justice for the plight they are going through because of the military.
“We urge law enforcement authorities to do their part so that the killing rampage of these armed paramilitary groups can be immediately stopped.”
Forced evacuation continues to take toll on the Lumads, with the death of a child.
“No perpetrator has been arrested, while the 36th and 75th infantry battalion and Special Forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines continue their military operations in the mountain areas.”
Faced with the reign of terror by paramilitary and military, Lumad communities were forced to leave their homes – again.
Paramilitary groups, suspected of collusion with the military, have killed five people in five days, and caused massive forced evacuation.
Terror operations by soldiers and paramilitary men set off a new wave of evacuation of peasant and Lumad communities in Surigao del Sur province.
“The Lumads have sought refuge in UCCP after fleeing their villages that have been overrun by the military. Now the police are driving them away with brute force.”
Children cramped in a small hall cried out in fear inside the United Church of Christ in the Philippines Haran compound, as police broke the gates.