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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Groups set 3-day mission to help Lumads in Bukidnon
From the often pro-CPP Davao Today (Sep 16): Groups set 3-day mission to help Lumads in Bukidnon
MERCY MISSION. Human rights advocates from various sectors in Davao City and North Cotabato are set to conduct an independent probe on the alleged illegal arrest of civilians in Kitaotao, Bukidnon late August. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday.com)
Around 500 individuals joined the delegation from Davao
and North Cotabato for a three-day mercy mission in Barangay White Culaman in
Kitaotao, Bukidnon to “give assistance to victims of militarization” in the
Dubbed as Help! Kitaotao, Bukidnon, the mission which
started today will document cases of human rights violations in the area and to
give relief assistance for the victims.
Pasaka Confederation of Lumad Organizationssaid 57
households in Barangay White Culaman were ransacked by Army members last month,
while 16 persons were arrested including minors.
The children aged 2, 5 and 7 years old, and a mother who has
an 7-month old child were later released.
On August 28, the Army’s Eastern Mindanao Command said they
served 57 search warrants in Barangay White Culaman early morning of August
“The arrested 12 suspected NPA personalities are now in
custody of local PNP for further investigation and for filling of cases,” said
Capt. Alberto Caber, chief of Public Information Office.
Caber said the composite teams from the Army’s 8th Infantry
Battalion and 4th Infantry Division, and the Philippine National Police’s (PNP)
Public Safety Company recovered “(a)t least one improvised M16 rifle; one M79
grenade launcher; three rifle grenades; two unexploded improvised explosive
device (IEDs); detonator, blasting caps; assorted ammunition; and subversive
Isidro Indao, spokesperson of KMK, however, said that those
who were arrested are their relatives, “and they are all civilians”.
In a press conference held at the United Church of Christ in
the Philippines Haran compound on
Wednesday morning, Pasaka Secretary General Jong Monzon said that they
are holding the mission “to relieve the situation of their fellow lumads in the
He said the Lumads in Kitaotao “need to know that they are
not alone in this struggle, in their call to pull out military troops in their
“We are going to the communities affected to see their
situation first hand,” he said. “We will not abandon our fellow lumads,”
The mercy mission is initiated by Promotion of Church
People’s Response in Southern Mindanao, Solidarity Action Group for Indigenous
Peoples and Peasants (Sagipp), and Pasaka.
The said activity is in partnershp with different peasant
organizations such as the Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Kitaotao (KMK),
Tinananon, Kulamanon Lumadnong Panaghiusa sa Arakan (Tikulpa), and the
Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Barangay White Culaman (Namabaw).