Reference: Repost from Sarah Elago, Kabataan Partylist Representative



74 people, including 29 students and 12 teachers of lumad schools in Davao del Norte, are illegally arrested by the joint forces of the Talaingod police and 56th IB Philippine Army, with the Talaingod muncipal social work and development office.

The delegation has been held since 9:30pm, Nov28,2018. Among the police officers are Lagdamen, Catubag Psupt Dionaldo and Psupt Sison, while the AFP forces are headed by Col.Paredez.



Sign the Unity Statement to Defend Lumad Schools and call for the release for the Talaingod 74 HERE

UNITY STATEMENT: Defend Lumad schools! Release the TALAINGOD 74! End Martial Law in Mindanao!

We, student formations, councils and publications, condemn the illegal detention of 74 teachers and students of indigenous school Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center, Inc., following the forced closure of their school by joint elements of Talaingod Municipal Police and the 56th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The Lumad community is joined by delegates of a national humanitarian mission, including church groups, lawyers and Kabataan Partylist representatives, en route to evacuate to the office of Salugpongan.

Their entourage was harassed by paramilitary group ALAMARA through pelting stones at their vans. Later, the police accused the group of abduction and filed a case of human trafficking and child abuse against leaders, including Alliance of Concerned Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro and former Bayan Muna Partylist solon Satur Ocampo.

YOUTH ACT NOW AGAINST TYRANNY denounces this senseless and unjudicial detainment and intimidation by state forces to concerned groups and the affected Lumad community. The indigenous community has born the brunt of inhumane treatment of the state and brutal assault to their right to education.

We call on the immediate release of Rep. France Castro, Satur Ocampo, Lumad teachers and students, drop the fabricated charges against them, and allow their safe evacuation.


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April 18, 2018


Pam Tau Lee, ICHRP-US Chairperson, 415-602-1401

Terry Valen, ICHRP-US Quick Response to Pressing Issues Workgroup, 415.203.0696

Rhonda Ramiro, ICHRP-US Secretariat, 415-377-2599,


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Jerome Aladdin Succor Aba, a peace-building advocate from Mindanao,  has been denied entry to the US and is being held at the airport, scheduled for deportation tonight (Wed, April 18). Authorities have not released the basis for the denial.

Advocates are gathering at the San Francisco International Airport, where Aba has been detained for more than 15 hours, to demand his release and for him to be allowed entry in the US. Advocates are also launching a phone barrage to the Customs and Border Protection Agency for those outside of the San Francisco/Bay Area.

WHAT: Action to support and demand release of Jerome Succor Aba (phone campaign and airport mobilization)

WHERE: San Francisco International Airport, International Arrivals area (for those outside the Bay Area, call the CBP at 415-782-9200 to demand Aba be released immediately)
WHO: Coordinated by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) US Chapter

Aba is a peace-building advocate from Mindanao, Southern Philippines invited to the US by several church institutions, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Sisters of Mercy, and the General Board of Global Ministries-UMC to serve as a resource speaker at their respective events, including those of the Sixteenth National Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) for Global Peace with Justice in Washington D.C. on April 20-23, 2018.  The EAD is an annual national gathering of churches on peace and social justice issues that concludes with lobby visits on Capitol Hill. Aba was to speak on the human rights situation in the Philippines under the administration of Rodrigo Duterte, as well as continue speaking beyond DC on as part of the Stop The Killings Speaking Tour sponsored by ICHRP.