More than a thousand people converged in Davao City on Human Rights Day, to once again call for the pull-out of military troops in the countryside and end to the counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan of the Aquino administration.
Lumad evacuees from Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, and Compostela Valley were joined by peasants and urban activists as they marched the thoroughfares of Davao, shouting “Pakyason ang Oplan Bayanihan!” (“Defeat Oplan Bayanihan!”), “Ihunong ang militarisasyon sa kabukiran!” (“End the militarization in the countryside!”), and “Yutang Kabilin! Depensahan! Ipaglaban!” (“Ancestral Lands! Defend! Fight for!”).
(Photos and caption by Laz Olalo, Karapatan-SMR).