Defend Lumad schools
Save Our Schools Network and Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Learning Center (STTILC) reported about five incidents of encampment and harassment by the AFP in Lumad schools during the opening of classes last June 4.
Since May 29, at least 20 troopers of 51st IB have occupied the STTILC Tibucag campus in Barangay Dagohoy in Talaingod. Another 25 soldiers conducted patrols around the campus and occupied six houses in the community.
Meanwhile, 23 soldiers occupied the Lumad school in Sitio KM17, but eventually left after being confronted by the teachers.
More than 40 AFP troops encamped in Sitio Laslasakan, Barangay Palma Gil. On June 3, soldiers entered the school campus in Sityo Nasilaban, Barangay Palma Gil and interrupted teachers and students cleaning their school.
Throughout the week, members of the 51st IB set up checkpoints along roads going to the communities and targeted Lumad teachers.
During the opening of classes in STTILC in Sitio Nasilaban, drones were flown by military troops while students and teachers were conducting a flag ceremony. Soldiers then arrived and ordered the students to harvest vegetables and bring the produce to their military camp. STTILC said 241 students and 11 teachers are affected by the incidents.
Under Duterte’s martial law, the group reported that 2,200 students were forced to drop-out, as well as the killing of two students, illegal detention of a Lumad teacher, the coercion against teachers to surrender as NPA members, arrests and filing of trumped-up charges against Lumad teachers, and the arrest and filing of trumped-up charges against Lumad teachers.
Around 59 Lumad schools remain closed due to the unrelenting AFP military operations.
[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the