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On the killings of indigenous people in Surigao del Sur

3 September 2015

 

The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights strongly condemns the brutal killings of Emerito Samarca, head of an alternative school(ALCADEV) for indigenous people, Dionel Campos and Bello Sinzo, both leaders of the Manobo tribe and an indigenous people’s (lumad)  organization, MAPASU (Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sa Sumusunod). The killings perpetrated by suspected elements of the paramilitary group, Mahagat-Bagani happened between 4AM to 5AM of September 1 in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Elements of the 36th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army are also present in the said area.

The manner of ‘execution’ is appalling and hideous.Reports have come out that Campos and Sinzo were ‘executed’ in front of hundreds of community people who were roused from their …

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