On Lumad : For the Sake of Argument



12043230_1500442010272744_1520787258341834906_nOut of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! (Psalm 130:1)

· A total of 68 indigenous people have been extra-judicially killed under Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan. Of those victims–53 are Lumad from Mindanao.
· 23 Lumad leaders have been killed from October 2014 to June 2015 in Northern Mindanao alone.
· On September 1, 2015, Emerito Samarca, Executive Director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (ALCADev); Dionel Campos, chair of the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), a Lumad organization protesting mining operations, land conversions and plantations; and Campos’ cousin, Bello Sinzo were summarily killed by members of the Magahat-Bagani paramilitary.
· At least 6 incidents of forced evacuations from the provinces of Sarangani, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur that involved more than 4,000 individuals, mostly indigenous peoples have occurred since May 2015, due to heavy military presence…

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