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21 taken away as police raid Lumad Bakwit Faculty in Cebu

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Franco Luna (Philstar.com) – February 15, 2021 – 2:35pm

MANILA, Philippines (Up to date 3:50 p.m.) — College students and lecturers taking refuge on the Talamban campus of College of San Carlos in Cebu Metropolis had been taken away by police personnel on Monday after what authorities referred to as a “rescue operation” for minors on the Lumad Bakwit Faculty however that the Philippine Nationwide Police later acknowledged as a raid.

The bakwit — from “evacuate” — have fled their properties and ancestral land in Mindanao due to militarization of their areas, indigenous peoples’ schooling advocates just like the Save Our Colleges Community say.

A dwell video posted by The Freeman reveals college students and lecturers of the Lumad Bakwit Faculty in Cebu being apprehended by the Police Regional Workplace 7 personnel contained in the campus. 

The Save Our Colleges Community mentioned in an announcement condemning the raid that 21 college students —15 minors and 6 adults — had been taken away within the operation, together with two lecturers and two elders. 

The community posted a dwell stream of the supposed rescue operation displaying kids screaming in a classroom as they had been pressured out by males in uniform.

It isn’t clear what they had been being rescued from, because the lecturers didn’t appear to be armed nor holding them in opposition to their will. 

“Their dad and mom had been supposedly pressured and fetched out of their neighborhood in Davao del Norte by the army and the native authorities to justify this blatant assault,” Save our Colleges community additionally mentioned. 

Searched for remark, Police Brig. Gen. Brandi Usana, PNP spokesperson, referred to as studies on the raid by different media community AlterMidya “slanted and malicious,” insisting to reporters in a textual content message that the “21 Lumad minors from Talaingog, [Davao del Norte] had been really rescued from a lot of arrested suspects.”

The federal government has lengthy accused the Lumad faculties of recruiting and coaching communist rebels, an allegation that Save Our Colleges Community denies.

Usana mentioned the operation “generally is a large blow to the misleading and devious handiwork of the [Communist Terrorist Group] members discovered recruiting minors as future armed combatants after they had been trafficked from Davao del Norte to Cebu Province.”

Usana additionally instructed reporters that tribal elders and fogeys “really joined the police once they raided USC Retreat Home.” He mentioned the youngsters had been lacking for 2 years and “now being taught by the Reds.”

Over the coronavirus pandemic, the nationwide police has been documented accusing activists in addition to members of the Home of getting ties to communist rebels. It has additionally denied that’s engaged in official red-tagging.

READ: Lumad school disputes photos of ‘ambush demonstration’ posted by Army officer

Congressional probe sought

Members of the Makabayan bloc, Reps. Eufemia Cullamat and Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna Get together-Listing), have condemned the operation in separate statements on Monday, including that they’d search a congressional investigation into the raids. 

It’s unlikely that the Home of Representatives, which is dominated by allies of the Duterte administration, will maintain hearings when the lawmakers, themselves usually accused of being in league with communist rebels, file resolutions calling for a probe.

“The Lumad college students are there as a result of the army destroyed their faculties in Mindanao and now even of their evacuation or evacuation college they’re being harassed and kidnapped. The federal government won’t even let Lumads research,” Zarate mentioned in Filipino. 

“The police declare that it is a ‘rescue operation’ however it’s apparent from the movies taken by one of many Lumads there himself how the police forcefully took them. It additionally reveals the inhumane remedy and use of police forces,” Cullamat, a Lumad herself, mentioned.

Renato Reyes, secretary-general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, additionally wrote in a tweet thread: “The screams of the Lumad kids may very well be heard within the circulating movies of the raid and arrests. They had been clearly terrified. Why is it additionally that the federal government forces seemingly didn’t respect the standing of the College of San Carlos as an educational establishment?” 

Philstar.com has reached out to Police Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo, Police Regional Workplace-7 director for remark, however he has not responded as of this submit. 

FROM INTERAKSYON: Why Lumad schools are valuable to the education of Lumad children

with studies from Xave Gregorio and The Freeman  

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