LOOK: Lumad leaders to file cases against CPP-NPA for violating indigenous people’s rights

In continuing violence towards Indigenous People (IP), Lumad leaders will sue communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) for murdering, raping, and exploiting the IPs.

Over a long period of years, Indigenous People are still experiencing horrible fate against the terrorists NPA.

On Tuesday, a total of 120 tribal chieftains from Mindanao traveled to Manila to file cases against CPP-NPA.

The Group condemned and accused NPA members for teaching young IPs in false ideals and curriculum at schools.

In the interview of Lipatuan Joel Unad, the Chairman of the Mindanao Indigenous People Conference for Peace and Development, he said since 1980s the NPA slaughtered over 1,000 tribal leaders.

“Ipa-member ka sa CPP-NPA turuan ka kung paano kumanta ng national anthem ng mga CPP-NPA. Tinuturuan ka paano pag-dismantle ng baril. Iyon ba ang totoong pagtulong sa mga katutubo?” Unad said.

“Ang UP iyon pala ang institution for the indigenous people para sa lahat sana. Pero ngayon ang UP kampuhan ng mga kabataan na ginagamit ng CPP-NPA. Tinuturuan ka pala ng batas ng komunista,” Unad added.

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The group also vent out that NPAs continue to intimidate young people in Mindanao up to present.

Unad said

Previous reports also he NPAs were also responsible for burning and destroying government projects, such roads and railways, in remote areas in Mindanao.

According to the report, the Lumads to file charges against NPA by next week and the counts are multiple atrocities and extreme violence against the tribes such as burying alive, torture, death by strangling and firing squad.

Unad also reacted for accusing them as fake tribal leaders in social media. He clarified that the alleged mass protest against the government were the works of the leftists and not their group.

“Sinasabi po ng social media na ang mga taong ito peke pero ito ang proseso natin kung maging peke ang mga tribal leaders na nandito hindi nakasulat sa kabundukan at saka katubigan at saka sa history yung mga pangalan nila,” Unad said.

Likewise, in separate interview of Datu Ramon Bataan, a tribal leader in North Cotabato also slammed NPA for making their life more miserable.

“Gusto namin ipaalam sa mga taga-Maynila at sa mga tao sa buong Pilipinas ang mga krimen at kasinungalingan ng mgaNPA sa aming lugar. Una sa lahat, hindi totoo na sila ay mga sundalong makamahirap dahil pumapatay sila ng mga mahihirap,” Bataan said.

“Ang gusto nila, manira lang at magnakaw sa pondo ng gobyerno. Sabi nila, kukunin ang mga lupa at ibahagi sa mga magsasaka, hindi totoo iyon dahil ang mga NPA ay walang mga lupa. Kami ang may mga ancestral domains,” he added.

Meanwhile, Unad asked Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to help them protect their ancestral domain defense system so that economic development will also come their way such as proper education.

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