Almost one year into the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, we thought change had come for the Lumads who finally went home from the sanctuary of UCCP Haran to their communities holding on Duterte’s promise of peace.
But the lumads and their children still encounter the same threats that drove them out in the past three years. The paramilitary Alamara has constantly harassed teachers and students in Talaingod and Alamara. Soldiers have encamped in the schools of Salugpongan Community Learning Center and MISFI Academy all across Davao Region.
There have been 39 of these cases under Duterte’s first year in the presidency from July 1 up to the present.
Meanwhile, a senior school teacher, Amelia Pond of Salugpongan, was arrested last August and is facing trumped up charges of murder.