(Right: Dionel Campos, Mapasu chair; Left: Emerito Samarca, Executive Director of Alcadev, photos from Karapatan Caraga)
Paramilitary members roused the Manobo community of Brgy. Lianga in Diatagon, Surigao del Sur last Monday dawn and killed the head of an alternative school, a lumad leader and his cousin in front of them.
Reports from Interaksyon and Karapatan Caraga said the lumad paramilitary Magahat/Bagani Force executed Mapasu leader Dionel Campos and his cousin Aurelio Sinzo in front of the residents including the Manobo students. Later, the students saw Emerito Samarca, Executive Director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture & Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) , dead inside the school compound with his neck slashed and stomach stabbed. (Read Interaksyon’s story here)
The school and community was earlier occupied by the military and were threatened to leave their village or they will be massacred.
Activist groups and support groups including Save Our Schools conducted rallies nationwide to call for justice for the killing of the three persons and for the pullout of troops and paramilitary in lumad communities.