“Please end Martial Law”.
This is the common appeal from letters written by Lumad school children addressed to President Duterte before his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 24.
The Lumad children, mostly coming from Talaingod, Kapalong and Surigao del Sur, appeal to the President to lift Martial Law in Mindanao as it also intensifies the militarization of their communities and schools.
Duterte declared Martial Law in the Mindanao island on May 23 to fight the alleged ISIS-inspired Maute group spotted in Marawi City.
Some 300 Lumad students and parents are in Manila at a Kampuhan at UP Diliman to take part of the People’s SONA led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan which will raise issues on human rights violations happening in the country.
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