BADJAO ROUNDUP STARTS BUT…
Iloilo City gov’t team targets Ati, too
ILOILO City – Rounding up the Badjaos in this city is shaping up into a cat- andmouse game.
On the first day of the city government's "Oplan Sapupo" - a campaign ordered by Mayor Jose Espinosa III to rein in mendicant Badjaos -yesterday, not one of them was caught. But it was not because the Badjaos left the city. They ran away upon seeing city government personnel out to get them, said Jeck Conlu, chief of the Public Safety and Transportation and Management Office (PSTMO). Espinosa tasked the PSTMO to round up and ship the Badjaos back to Mindanao, citing public health and security concerns.
A Badijao woman begs for alms from a passing car on the circumferential road in Jaro, Iloilo City. The city government wants her and other Badjaos deported to Mindanao, citing public health and security concerns.