Lumad elders cry foul towards Ocampo’s group: "Hindi kami papayag na makakalabas kayo" - The Daily Sentry

Lumad elders cry foul towards Ocampo’s group: "Hindi kami papayag na makakalabas kayo"

Francisca Castro and Satur Ocampo / Photo from Manila Bulletin
While authorities have long accused the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels of persuading Lumads (non – muslim Indigenous Peoples) in Mindanao by teaching the communist ideology, the latter finally stood up against the scoundrel, saying NO to NPAs.

The Lumad in Mindanao are part of almost 17 Million Indigenous Peoples in he Philippines. They belong to the poorest of minority groups, with little to NO access to social services including proper education and healthcare.

The Lumad’s vulnerability has aggravated since the extension of Martial Law was imposed in Mindanao, forcing the indigents to leave their homes.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who is from Mindanao, has recently threatened airstrikes on indigenous schools believed to be indoctrinating ‘subversion’ and communism. Although Lumad elders deny such eventuality, many schools have already been shut or destr*yed.
Satur Ocampo and Francisca Castro / Photo from abs-cbn news
Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday, November 29, 2018, confirmed the arr*st of former Bayan Muna Congressman Satur Ocampo and Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Teacher’s Party list Representative France Castro for supposedly trafficking minors in Davao Del Norte on Wednesday night.

Along with 74 others, including 12 teachers and 29 Lumad schoolchildren, 4 Pastors and an Administrator of the Salugpungan Community Learning Center, both Castro Ocampo were caught red – handedly transporting 12 minors inside 5 vans as they were pulled over a military Checkpoint in Talaingod Municipality around 9pm, Wednesday night.

AFP’s 10th Infantry Division Chief Information Officer Capt. Jerry Lamosao told that Ocampo’s group allegedly abducted the children, transporting them from Sitio Igang in Barangay Palma Gil to Maco, Compostela Valley when they were impeded.

Minors with ages 14 to 17 were rescued during the operation, according to Authorities. Some of them came from Bukidnon, Cotabato, and Zamboanga.
Photo from CNN Philippines
Lamosao said Ocampo’s companions are still being held at the Talaingod Municipal Police on Child Trafficking Charges and Kidnapping in violation to the Republic Act 7610 or the Anti – Child Abuse Law.

Philippine National Police Spokesman Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said Ocampo’s group was intercepted amid the implementation of “Oplan Dabaw Kalinaw”.

This, when Durana earlier received a complaint that the children were taken without consent from their parents.

In a statement, Durana said, “They said there was a military offensive in the area that’s why they were evacuating the students. They don’t know that some of the parents have complained about the disappearance of their children. That’s why checkpoint operations were conducted.”

Durana believed that the Salugpungan Learning School became a recruitment hub for the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the NPA, since it was closed, adding that the school did not receive accreditation from the Department of Education.

Lumad elders cry foul towards the incident saying that ‘there’s no ongoing war in the Lumad communities that the children need “saving” from’, expressing anger against the NPA Rebels.

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