By ILPS – Philippines
The Philippines chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) fully supports the evacuees from Sitio Camansi and Sitio Tapol of Barangay Banglay, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao in their struggle against the militarization of their communities by state forces.
The internally displaced Lumads are now encamped outside the Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro City.
Comprising 47 families (230 individuals), the evacuees were forced to leave their farms and homes after a series of military operations from the 58th IB, 4th ID Philippine Army in the months of May, July and October in 2015 and again since June 5 this year.
The military personnel under the 58th Infantry Battallion of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army have accused the Lumads to be armed, to be members of the New People’s Army. A certain 1st Lt Valleser threatened them in Camansi, strafed the school when they started evacuating, aimed their guns at resident Juni Cabanlas, ransacked five houses, and followed them as they encamped in Lagonglong.
We thank the‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network in supporting the displaced Lumad of Misamis Oriental of Mindanao in their fight to return back to their communities.
We are one in demanding the following:
- Pull-out elements of 58th IB, Special Forces, and Paramilitia under 4th IDPA in Sitios Camansi and Tapul, Banglay, Lagonglong;
- Prohibit soldiers from camping in communities;
- Prohibit putting up detachments in communities.
We urge the Municipal Government of Lagonglong and Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental to ensure the evacuee’s security, food, and medicines until they are safely back in their communities;
We enjoin everyone to support the Lumad struggle in their right to self-determination as we urged the incoming Duterte government to address their issues along with the resumption of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the release of all political prisoners, declaration of a temporary ceasefire and work for a government of national unity, peace and development.