Saturday, September 19, 2015

Malacanang vows to help 'Lumads' and discourages rebellion

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 19): Malacanang vows to help 'Lumads' and discourages rebellion

The government will continue to address the needs of the Lumads in Mindanao, the Palace said on Saturday, noting that under the present administration, no one will be left behind.

In a radio interview, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said there is a data showing that three out of four rebel returnees in Surigao del Sur are Lumads, which means the area is still gripped by poverty and its people don't get much government support.

"It’s a significant amount, three out of four rebel returnees, it shows that people… You know, if there is no access to resources by some people, they will really resort to extralegal means," Lacierda told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

"We have seen a number of rebel returnees coming back to the fold. It shows that our serbisyo caravan na ginagawa po natin sa ating mga kababayan, sa ating mga kapatid na Lumad, ay nagkakaroon po ng epekto," he said.

With regards to the Lumad killings, Lacierda said there was a crime that happened and it is a law enforcement issue. He said the Philippine National Police is investigating, adding that the armed forces had issued a statement about the incident.

"Maraming mga information ang lumalabas, and may nag-iimbestiga, nandiyan ang PNP. I’m certain that the AFP will lend its support to any investigation on the Lumad killings," Lacierda said.

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