Fourteen farmers including a mother and her 12-year old son in the village of White Culaman in the town of Kitaotao, Bukidnon were forcibly taken by soldiers last August 25 and brought by helicopter to their headquarters in Cagayan de Oro the next day.
The village chief (barangay captain) was reported to have support the arrests, and also was heard to have ordered the closure of the Misfi Academy school located in Sitio Dao.
This incident was reported by the farmers group Kahugpongan sa mga Mag-uuma sa Kitaotao (KMK). The group’s spokesperson Isidro Indao said the soldiers alleged the farmers were rebels.
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