Martial law extension a grave injustice to Lake Sebu massacre victims

News Philippines Dec 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Adding insult to injury:

By Erika Cruz (Manila Today)

On December 13, it took the majority of Congress members about four hours to approve President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year.

Ten days prior to that, it only took minutes for elements of the Philippine Army to kill eight peasants of the T’boli and Dulangan Manobo tribes in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Since the president’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao on May 23, rights groups have documented an increase in extrajudicial killings.

For the Lumad, the massacre in Sitio Datal Bonlangon, Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu on December 3 is the latest demonstration of atrocities that martial law warrants.

Datu Victor Danyan, Lumad leader of Sitio Datal Bonlangon, was among the eight who were killed by soldiers of the 27th and 33rd infantry battalions of the Philippine Army. Six are still missing.

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