“Hearing the problems of the lumads (Mindanao’s IPs), they really inspire you and put your problems in perspective.”
By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat.com LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET — The Benguet Federation of Small-scale Miners, Inc (BFSSMI) filed a complaint against Environment Secretary Ramon Paje for allegedly exceeding his authority on issuing the revised implementing rules and regulations (RIRR) for the People’s Small-scale Mining Act, saying these run counter to the law…
“Under DO 18-A, it has now become legal for companies to evade responsibility in giving workers their right to regular employment.”
“What they did yesterday was, they showed a picture of how they violate human rights.”
Tension rises as farmers assert their right to till in Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental.
“If she wants to help, she should listen to us, because we experienced these abuses.”
Bystanders who seemed awed by the big number of marchers came out of their workplaces to take a glimpse of the march.
“The ‘NPAs’ the Army is pursuing could be farmer-leader Aida Seisa and her family.”
“We have been waiting all our lives for the government to build a school in our communities, but now that we are able to build schools with our own perseverance, why do they want to close it?”
“The communities, the parents, the students and the school are civilians but they now became the target of the insurgency operations of the government.”
Parents and children walk for hours to attend their ‘moving up ceremony’ which was delayed by accusations of the military and paramilitary groups that the school is supposedly run by communist rebels. The school denied it.