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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

HE cri­sis fac­ing both the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) and the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for the Indige­nous Peo­ples (NCIP) is not just what hap­pened to their bru­tal­ized bud­get.

These in­sti­tu­tions, that on pa­per are meant to pro­tect hu­man rights and the Lu­mads re­spec­tively, have also a cri­sis of per­for­mance. Go ask the Mindanao Lu­mads.

For the past years go­ing way back to the Ar­royo and Aquino years, com­plaints were filed by Lu­mad lead­ers and teach­ers to the CHR of the abuses by the mil­i­tary and para­mil­i­tary, in­clud­ing the at­tacks on schools. Those com­plaints only gath­ered dust in the CHR desks and weren’t acted on or in­ves­ti­gated.

Just re­cently, the Lu­mad lead­ers who are at the Kam­puhan at UP Dil­i­man, faced CHR Chino Gas­con and did not mince words on their com­plaints.

“Daku kaayo among pagkadis­maya sa CHR kay sa pila ka tuig og daghan na kaayo mi og gi-file pero wala gi­hapon (We are very frus­trated with the CHR for they haven’t act on the many com­plaints we filed),” said Bai Eufemia Cul­la­mat, a Manobo from Suir­gao del Sur who

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