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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.

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Indigenous murders connected with land grabbing

NORZAGARAY (Agencies) : Brother Martin Francisco, who works among the Dumagat people of Sierra Madre, expressed deep concern and regret over the murder of three civilians in Surigao del Sur on September 1.

The murders are believed to have been carried out by the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani (see page 5).