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Lift martial law in Mindanao

05:02 AM February 19, 2018

I recently heard three lumad women give their testimonies on their experience in Mindanao. They are sending a plea to President Duterte to lift martial law in Mindanao.

Apparently, the military is using that as an excuse to harass the villagers. The lumad people had decided to establish their own school in their locality as there was none and they felt the need of education for their children.

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However, the military started accusing them that what they did was illegal, harassing the teachers.

At the same time, the military was using drones to spy on them, limiting the amount of rice that they can bring to their village.

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When the harassment continued, they decided to evacuate the place and settle somewhere else.

The women also fear that putting a price of P20,000 for each alleged member of the New People’s Army could incite violence and create division among the lumad people.

Anybody can point out anyone allegedly to be an NPA. In my opinion, such a strategy is a devious manipulation on the vulnerability of people who are poor.

It is also reminiscent of the Pharisees paying 20 pieces of silver to Judas to point out Christ — a betrayal. Training their youth to become Cafgus (Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit) makes no difference, or at most, just complicates the
ituation.

So, Mr. President, if you truly love Mindanao as you have always claimed, it is imperative that you lift martial law in Mindanao.

SR. NENITA TAPIA, MM

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