“The commissioners asked us more on the whereabouts of the New People’s Army, if they are also staying in our communities.”
“We refuse to give up the struggle, and they try to kill us. We give up, they will still kill us. So, it’s better to carry on the struggle.” – Datu Guibang Apoga of Talaingod, Davao del Norte
“The Talaingod Manobos who are now just returning to their lands are still in need of food, medicines, blankets and other materials in order to rebuild their lives. They need our support in filing complaints and lobbying against the military before the Commission on Human Rights, Philippine Congress, Philippine courts, and up to the level of the United Nations.”
Kalikasan PNE warns that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos who have protected the forests of the mountain range for decades, if they continue to be driven out of their ancestral domain by massive troop deployment and military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
It is not true the IPs are caught in the crossfire, because the IPs are the real target of the military.