Lu­mad evac­uees mark 4th month dis­place­ment

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Evac­uees en­camped at the Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol grounds marked their fourth month stay­ing in the city with a sol­i­dar­ity night to call for sup­port on their re­quest to pull out the mil­i­tary in their home­town Si­tio Ca­mansi, Banglay, in Lagon­g­long, Misamis Ori­en­tal.

Lu­mad leader Datu Rey­naldo Ayuma said the evac­uees will con­tinue to fight for their rights de­spite the ne­glect of the per­sons in author­ity.

Datu Rey­naldo per­formed a Saot (a tribal war dance) and Dasang (a tra­di­tiona chant) dur­ing the “Sol­i­dar­ity with the Lu­mad: A Cul­tural Night held at the Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol Grounds on Oc­to­ber 5, 2018.

Datu Jo­morito Goaynon, chair­per­son of Kalum­bay Re­gional Lu­mad Or­ga­ni­za­tion mean­while re­it­er­ated his call to end mar­tial law in Min­danao as it only in­ten­si­fied the at­tack of the government against Lu­mad com­mu­ni­ties, re­sult­ing to in­creased num­ber of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing evac­u­a­tions of In­dige­nous Peo­ples from their an­ces­tral lands.

Goaynon also de­nounced the ar­rest of Misamis Ori­en­tal Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Chariper­son Jerry Basa­hon and Gabriela Women’s Party co­or­di­na­tor Mer­lita Do­rado on Oc­to­ber 4, 2018 and al­leged they were im­pris­oned due to fake charges.

“The Red Oc­to­ber hys­te­ria of the government to si­lence crit­ics con­tinue with their anti-peo­ple poli­cies,” he said.

The evac­uees and their guests per­formed a can­dle light­ing cer­e­mony as sym­bol of their de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight for jus­tice and peace.

LAGON­G­LONG evac­uees light a can­dle at the Capi­tol Grounds mark­ing their 4 month-stay at the pro­vin­cial capi­tol.

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