Rebloggin this post with the hope that somehow,the president would read it. Somehow it could open his mind to the realities of Lumad life. Somehow it could open his heart to their plight.


Dear President Aquino,

I don’t know where you find the gall to speak of the abuses of martial law when your government continues to kill innocent civilians across the Philippines.

Saan mo kinukuha ang kapal ng mukha na magtalumpati tungkol sa karapatang pantao?

On the eve of People Power, which swept your mother to the Presidency, you recall your father’s suffering and your sorrows – forgetting the killings, torture, rape and arson faced by Lumad in Mindanao and other oppressed people across the country.

lianga DO YOU REMEMBER THEM, MR PRESIDENT? Your troops stood by as militia forces killed school head Emerito Samarca, Dionel Campos and Juvenal Sanso in Lianga, Surigao del Sur last year. Children saw their fathers, uncles and teacher die. (Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia)

You twit your predecessor, likening her nine-year rule to the “dark years” of a strongman we ousted after thousands of murders and disappearances…

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