TRAFFIC in the northern areas of Davao City came to a standstill, stranding thousands upon thousands of commuters and motorists starting 11 a.m. throughout the whole afternoon of Friday, and causing hundreds to miss their flights.
The reason: more than a thousand indigenous people from the hinterlands of Bukidnon and Compostela Valley provinces formed a barricade in front of the Camp Panacan on Friday, March 18, to demand attention to their calls to stop killing their people and end militarization of their villages, a call that the National Government and the military has been downplaying.
The indigenous peoples who raised placards and posters listing their demands said they felt sorry for the commuters who were stuck in the traffic congestion brought by the staged protest but they added that they needed to cause this much of a disturbance so everyone will finally lend them an ear.
Some 2,000 Lumads from Kapalong and Bukidnon who are taking shelter in the UCCP Haran are now staging a protest in front of the Eastern Military Command's headquarters in Panacan as a way to up their call for attention towards the leaders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to pull out the military forces in their communities. By Christine Joice C. Cudis/SunStar ReporterPosted by SunStar Davao on Thursday, March 17, 2016