HR Group Likens State Forces to “Lowly Gangs’; Says Evacs have to Stay

HOLDING GROUND Bukidnon lumad leader Jimboy Mandaguit stands with other leaders from Davao del Norte, disputing the claims of the Alamara that it is safe to return in their communities in the countryside. (Photo by Kidlat Pamukaw, caption by Laz Olalo, Karapatan-SMR)
HOLDING GROUND Bukidnon lumad leader Jimboy Mandaguit stands with other leaders from Davao del Norte, disputing the claims of the Alamara that it is safe to return in their communities in the countryside. (Photo by Kidlat Pamukaw, caption by Laz Olalo, Karapatan-SMR)

AUGUST 10, 2015
PRESS RELEASE
KARAPATAN-SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION
CONTACT PERSON: HANIMAY SUAZO
0932-198-6728

DAVAO CITY- Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR, said that state forces are the only ones interested in sending the text threats to the leaders of lumad evacuees in UCCP Haran.

Suazo adds that the military and their political cohorts are desperate to break the will of the lumad evacuees, after their “rescue” miserably failed.

“It is disappointing that instead of addressing the root causes of conflict, the state elements have resorted to text threats. Such is the act of gangsters and crime lords, who resort to violence to settle trouble instead of studying the problems correctly.”

“The July 23 incident clearly showed that violence is not the answer to the problem of the lumads. But these state forces only add fuel to the fire, with the messages they are sending,” Suazo said.

Suazo said that with these threats, the reason for the lumads to take shelter in Davao City has only strengthened.

“Their lives are at risk. If they experience these threats while under sanctuary of the church, how much more when they return to their homes, where there are no fences to fend off their attackers, where media coverage is scant to expose their situation? All the more that these people have to remain in the safety of their evacuation site.”

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