“There was a part when the children went down from the stage and gave us their medals, as they were singing. I could not help but cry, I think all of us parents did.”
By JM Ayuste A few days ago, I was chatting with one Agham Youth member about our organizational principles and concerns. Our conversation steered to the need to establish and instill a culture of scientific inquiry and objectivity while grounding it on the needs of the masses. Since this idea was relatively new for her,…
“I was accompanying 36 students of the Misfi academy when this happened. They also brought the students with me. We were interrogated.”
Members of the Philippine Army’s 23rd infantry battalion reportedly told the community to burn down the school.
“These beacons of hope for the indigenous communities are now being shadowed over by the continuing threat of militarization and development aggression.”
“The efforts of the school to help us improve our lives have long been vilified. The government said our teachers taught us how to handle guns and rifles. That is a lie.”
“I do not understand why the military is attacking our schools. They do not know its impact on our community.”
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Like their students, the young teachers of Alcadev are just as afraid and traumatized. But the tragedy was the crucible that strengthened their resolve to continue to serve and teach the Lumad youth.
Among some 3,000 Lumads seeking refuge at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center, there are two mothers of nearly the same age named Maribel Enriquez. Both seek justice for the plight they are going through because of the military.
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The three men brutally slain in the rampage by a paramilitary group in Surigao del Sur were laid to rest, amid calls for justice and the prosecution of their killers, suspected of following military orders.