Pasaka Lumad confederation slammed the harassment of the 56th Infantry Battalion and paramilitary group ALAMARA to Lumad leader and chieftain of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon, Datu Guibang Apoga.
Lumad schools in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley marked their first day of classes with heavy military presence and harassment.
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) community outreach department partnered with a Lumad school here to mark the university’s thrust to support accessible education for indigenous people of Mindanao.
It was a joyous moment for Lumad schoolchildren — no strangers to fear and terror — who marched like ordinary carefree graduates, upbeat and oozing with pride.
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“I was fascinated at their curriculum,” he related, and was amazed that in the midst of their suffering, the children have continued to struggle for the right to education.
At least five armed men allegedly entered a school compound over the weekend without seeking permission from teachers.
The indigenous peoples from various regions and Moro tribes joined the caravan in a bid to present their plight before the various government agencies in the country’s seat of power— Manila.