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Lies more lies and damned lies

TANDAG (Mabuhay) : Over 4,000 people, mostly peasant farmers, members of indigenous communities, human rights advocates, priests and sisters marched through the streets of Butuan City on October 10 to mark the 40th day since three people were brutally and cold-bloodedly murdered by paramilitary forces in Surigao del Sur on September 1.

UCAN reported that the rally called on the authorities to act, saying that although the prime suspects in the murder have been named, no one has yet been arrested.







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Military stood by as murders took place

MANILA (UCAN) : “I can testify that their ground commander was there,” Bishop Nereo Odchimar said in claiming that the government military troops stood aside while the Magahat-Bagani militia force is believed to have been in the act of shooting two tribal leaders and a teacher in the village of Han-ayan in Liangga town, Surigao del Sur, on September 1.







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Murdered Lumads’ children appeal to the pope

MANILA (Agencies) : “They were killed mercilessly. Right in front of their loved ones,” Michelle Campos said in describing the death of her father on September 1 at the hands of militia in Liangga town in Surigao del Sur.







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Bishops asked to broker peace for Lumads

MANILA (Agencies) : Leaders of Lumad communities in Mindanao are asking the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines to go beyond issuing statements condemning the recent murders of their community leaders and to actively intervene in ending the militarisation of tribal community areas.