By DEE AYROSO
Tags: lumad ejk
“This is by far the worst attack against the indigenous peoples.”
“There’s no safe place under Duterte’s fascist dictatorship, especially for children.”
Indigenous groups call on President Duterte to stop the implementation of Oplan Bayanihan, to which they attribute the continuing killings and harassment on progressives.
From September to October, three Lumád, including a minor, were killed by suspected members of the Dela Mance paramilitary group, which is affiliated with the dreaded Alamara.
Two weeks after the Manilakbayan arrived in Manila, another Lumád leader was killed by a paramilitary group, the Alamara, in Davao del Norte province.
Even as the grief and rage over the spate of killings in Surigao del Sur has yet to wane, another Lumad activist was slain in the neighboring province of Agusan del Sur.
“We are demanding an investigation without the presence of the military because any investigation with their presence is useless.”
“Their murder is the murder of the peoples’ soul.”
“These killings are under the context of the counterinsurgency program which is running short on a deadline.”
The three men brutally slain in the rampage by a paramilitary group in Surigao del Sur were laid to rest, amid calls for justice and the prosecution of their killers, suspected of following military orders.