Indigenous groups call on President Duterte to stop the implementation of Oplan Bayanihan, to which they attribute the continuing killings and harassment on progressives.
Category: Indigenous Peoples
“We hope that under President Duterte, destructive mining operations will stop because we have felt the bad effects of mining.”
“Aquino opened almost 730,000 hectares of ancestral land for mining, monocrop plantations, economic zones, military camps and US bases.”
“Let the schools continue to operate.”
CPA sees these awards as deceptive and a cover up for the worst environmental track record of LCMC and Benguet Corporation.
It’s the eighth Cordillera Day since James Balao was disappeared.
“It is clearly a handiwork of the military.”
“Kung walang baril dun hindi nangyari yung may namatay at may naputukan (If there were no guns used, no one would have died or have suffered from gunshot).”
“The situation would not have escalated into a bloody tragedy if the government had admitted their lapses and heeded the call of the farmers.”
It is certain that ‘Salupongan’ has summed up the reasons for growing protests against the reactionary state: military presence in schools; ‘development’ by and for the wealthy ruling class; unabated impunity; and continuing negligence in terms of providing adequate health care, quality education, and other social services to the underprivileged.
“There was a part when the children went down from the stage and gave us their medals, as they were singing. I could not help but cry, I think all of us parents did.”