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Bullish military tactics creating ghost villages

DAVAO (UCAN) : The murder of two tribal leaders in the southern Philippine province of Surigao del Sur has turned the areas inhabited by at least seven indigenous communities into virtual ghost villages.

“What are left now in the communities are our farm animals and empty houses,” Necias Avila, a council member of the village of Diatagon in Lianga town, said.

“We are afraid that our homes are now being looted,” Avila continued.