ANAKPAWIS FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1550 ON THE MASSACRE OF LUMAD FARMERS IN LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO

Anakpawis files House Resolution No. 1550 on the massacre of lumad farmers in Lake Sebu, South CotabatoAnakpawis files House Resolution No. 1550 on the massacre of lumad farmers in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Second Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1550

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, AND SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE DECEMBER 3, 2017 – MASSACRE OF EIGHT (8) T’BOLI AND DULANGAN MANOBO FARMERS AND WOUNDING OF TWO (2) BY THE ELEMENTS OF THE 27th AND 33rd INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY, AND PHILIPPINE MARINES IN LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO

WHEREAS, on December 3, 2017, around 1 in the afternoon, eight (8) T’boli and Dulangan Manobo farmers were massacred by a joint team composed of elements from the 27th and 33rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) and Philippine Marines, while they were about to harvest their produce from their farm on their ancestral land in Sitio Datalbong, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato;

WHEREAS, killed were victims, Datu Victor Danyan, Victor Danyan, Jr., Artemio Danyan, Pato Celardo, Samuel Angkoy, To Diamante, Bobot Lagase, Matend Bantal, while two were wounded, namely Luben Laod and Teteng Laod;

WHEREAS, the victims were resisting against land grabbing and displacement efforts of the big firm, DM Consunji, Inc. (DMCI), as the firm has taken control of the of their ancestral lands that are productive and useful to the lumad communities of Sultan Kudarat;

WHEREAS, according to Sandugo, the national organization of indigenous people and Moro, there were 140 lumad farmer families who reclaimed 300- hectares of their ancestral land from DMCI’s control and cultivated it with corn and other food crops which the firm’s subsidiary Silvicultural Industries, Inc. (SII) used as coffee plantation, and its produce being supplied to the big coffee company Nestle;

WHEREAS, as reprisal, a unit official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) threatened the lumad and branded them as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and on a day before the incident, December 2, the said official broadcasted over the media his threat of immediate surrender, and pinpointing a certain “Commander Victor;”

WHEREAS, according to Sandugo and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – SOCSKSARGEN (Bayan) asserted that Datu Victor Danyan was not a member of NPA but an active community leader and the victims were unarmed lumad farmers;

WHEREAS, Sandugo added that the reclamation of the lumad farmers in Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu town, was influenced by triumphant taking back of other lumad communities in Sultan Kudarat within the Daguma Mountain Range;

WHEREAS, DMCI’s control over vast tracks in the land in the Daguma Mountain Range in Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces has been widely opposed by lumad communities as it encroached their ancestral lands and caused their displacement and threatened their sources of livelihood;

WHEREAS, as stipulated in House Resolution No. 527 filed in November 2016, also filed by the authors, on the DMCI’s displacement efforts of lumad communities from 102,954-hectares of their ancestral land covered by Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA) contracts awarded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the said firm;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Committee on Human Rights to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the December 3, 2017 – Massacre of eight (8) T’boli and Dulangan Manobo farmers and wounding of two by the elements of the 27th and 33rd IBPA, and Philippine Marines in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Adopted,

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