BADJAO ROUNDUP STARTS BUT…

Iloilo City gov’t team tar­gets Ati, too

Panay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Glenda Solo­gas­toa

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.

CONLU

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