“The NCIP’s so-called ‘datus’ vaguely label Rep. Cullamat’s participation in the protest as a ‘disrespectful act.’ We ask these datus: how is speaking in a peaceful protest action ‘disrespectful?’ How is the exercise of one’s democratic rights a rational basis for banning an elected representative from her own ancestral community?”
Sandugo – Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination called on the Commission on Human Rights to investigate the incidents, and for the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, especially its commanding officer, to be “held criminally liable for their abusive acts, including the violation of the Anti-Torture Law.”
“The terror law is added ammunition to the existing arsenal of repressive laws against the Indigenous and Moro people. This is a mockery to the exercise of our fundamental rights”
“Don’t just talk with the military and the mayor, talk also with the internally displaced persons, some of them don’t even have adequate communal facilities such as toilets.”
Sandugo – Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination vice-chairperson Jerome Aladdin Succor Aba has been denied entry to the US and is being held at the airport.
The Lakbayan camp is like a river junction from where water rushes stronger towards a new direction.
The interests of national minorities are in place in the NDFP proposal for social and economic reforms.
Sandugo allied groups filed complaints of rights abuses under President Duterte’s all-out war and martial law in Mindanao.
“Duterte continued the War on Terror policy which carried terrorism in our country and the whole world.”
“We condemn the Dawlah Islamiya in Marawi, but the US-Duterte regime is a bigger terrorist.”
“We came here to demand justice,”