The move would pit lumad against fellow lumad in the struggle to protect ancestral land, said the group Kalumaran, through one of its leaders Dulphing Ogan. Cafgu members acknowledged as part of the military roster would get P7,000 in monthly financial assistance covering November and December, according to EO 69. Ogan said the President’s order encouraged paramilitary groups to further target lumad civilians and present them as New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas or supporters. “Like us they, too, are poor and displaced from their ancestral lands,” Ogan said. Ogan said the President should enforce genuine land reform and protect ancestral lands.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer December 15, 2018 23:03 UTC