has relentlessly put the Lumad under attack – their communities bombed and
militarized, their schools threatened, and their teachers subjected to
trumped-up charges, among other forms of rights violations. The recent arrest
of a volunteer teacher in South Cotabato is indicative of a continuing
systematic attack on indigenous communities, directed and funded by
counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan and worsened by the martial law
implementation in Mindanao,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.