Lianga, Surigao del Sur – The Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Council under Hawudon Jumar S. Bucales, Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Lianga, on March 2, calls on the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) and its alleged front group, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa mga Sumusunod (MAPASU), to stop disrupting the establishment of IP DepEd Schools in Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon, Lianga, citing that they need quality education, not revolution.
It can be recalled that last February 21, CNTs harassed the residents of Sitio Emerald which wounded 3 civilians, including a 5 year old according to the affidavit of the victims. The harassment intends to trigger evacuation to suspend the establishment of the IP DepEd schools that will replace TRIFPSS and ALCADEV.
“This is an old strategy of the CNTs and MAPASU. First, they will harass civilians to trigger Bakwit, then, put the blame to the military and demand for their pull-out in order to delay the implementation of government’s development projects for the IPs and recover their mass base, “Bucales, said.
The conflict-affected IP Community in Sitio Simuwao and Lucnodon, both part of Andap Valley Complex, has requested the government to put up schools to provide quality education for IP Children with the hope that someday, they would be able to produce professionals who can uplift and help their tribe to preserve their culture and tradition.
“For many years, TRIFPSS and ALCADEV, while guised as alternative learning schools, only produced cadres for communist NPA terrorists. They radicalized our children and sowed hate in their hearts. These divided our tribe and caused more conflict and exploitation. We believe, as elders of the tribe, that DepEd schools will be our hope for our children and for the betterment of our tribe. The Manobo tribe is tired of being used as props for the communists’ political ambitions. We don’t want revolution, we want quality education,” Bucales, exclaimed.
Meanwhile, The DepEd CARAGA Regional Director, Regional Development Council Chairman, Local Chief Executives of Lianga and Marihatag, Lianga IP Council, barangay officials and residents of Kilometer 9 with the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion, 544 Engineer Battalion and the PNP have conduct an ocular inspection on the proposed location of DepEd IP Schools which will be established for the IP communities in Kilometer 9 in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga and Sitio Lucnodon in Barangay Mahaba, Marihatag today.