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Monday, September 21, 2015

Manobo Evacuees Surprise Mar Roxas. The Reason Will Shock You!

During Mar Roxas' visit in an evacuation site om Tandag City last September 8 on his last day as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, he was surprised by the blunt answers he received.

Governor Johnny T. Pimentel, Roxas' party-mate, brought him to the provincial sports center where around 3 thousand Manobos from 33 communities have evacuated to escape the paramilitary operations that killed 3 of their leaders last September 1.

Backslapping an evacuee as he entered the tent, a smiling Roxas asked the Manobos, "Why aren't you going back to Liang yet?" He was talking about the town of Lianga, the site where the three Lumad leaders were massacred.
“Because there are still soldiers there, sir,” an evacuee replied in Visayan.
“So, aren’t soldiers supposed to protect you?” Roxas pressed on.
“What protection? They (soldiers) are the ones killing our families there.” A seated Manobo old woman retorted.
Roxas again asked, “Soldiers?”
“Who else? Bagani and the soldiers," the same woman replied bluntly.
Pimentel, who by this time caught up with Roxas, clarified, “Because the Bagani Forces arrive there wearing uniforms.”

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