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Senate told murder of tribal leaders is linked to mining

MANILA (UCAN) : “The people who stand firm against mining activities are the ones being intimidated by paramilitary forces,” Father Bong Galela, the social action director of the diocese of Tandag, in Surigao del Sur, told a Senate inquiry in Manila on October 1.

Indigenous peoples, who are collectively known as Lumads, have been under attack by the paramilitary group, the Magahat-Bagani Force, in recent days.